DEPLOYMENT PSYCHOLOGY: EVIDENCEBASED STRATEGIES TO PROMOTE MENTAL HEALTH IN THE MILITARY/AB Adler, PD Bliese and CA Castro (eds.)

  • Jarred Martin Department of Psychology, Institute of Maritime Medicine, South African National Defence Force, Simon’s Town

Abstract

On 23 March 2013, South African (SA) soldiers made contact with theSeleka rebel group as part of the South African operational involvement in theCentral African Republic (CAR). The ensuing battle between the militia and the SAtroops left the latter with 27 wounded and, to date, 14 dead. The media coverage,which followed our troop losses in the CAR, was a reminder for many of the integralinvolvement of SA forces, in the form of the South African National Defence Force(SANDF), across the African continent. With the passing of the United Nations(UN) Security Council Resolution 2098, in March 2013, SANDF troops are nowbeing deployed as part of a roughly 3 000-strong UN Force Intervention Brigade(FIB) in the DRC. In many ways the increased involvement of SA troops in theCAR and the unfortunate loss of SA soldiers in the CAR serve as a stark reminder ofthe important role played by mental health practitioners in providing our troops withthe appropriate psychological support during deployments. It is in this vein thatDeployment psychology: Evidenced-based strategies to promote mental health in themilitary serves as a useful and timely repository for psychologists, registeredcounsellors, and other mental health practitioners working in the SANDF.
Published
2013-11-19
Section
Book Reviews