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On the Brink! As a Young Adult Serving in the US Navy 1965…

Depression and Suicide Among Young Adults

As an 18 year old young man in the US Navy in 1965, I was very lucky!  Click here… Thanks to the excellent care by US Navy mental health professionals, I am here today at age 73, I struggle with lifelong symptoms of agitated depression, but with loving support from family, friends and effective clinical therapy, I feel a peace of mind that everything is going to be okay.  I know now from receiving my medical records from that time that traumatic experiences from childhood years and as a young adult took its toll.  Even though my memory is lost from that time, my medical records show that W. F. Miner, LCDR. MC USN in May of 1965 was paying attention.  I am very thankful for Dr. Miner’s thorough evaluation and treatment to help me through a most critical and risky period in my life.

I found a couple of references to W. F. Miner USN.  His service to America and contributions as a mental health professional appear to be substantial.  He along with D. S. Burgoyne CDR MC USN, Psychiatrist, were both instrumental in my treatment and recovery.  I have a much better appreciation and gratitude for the US Navy mental health community after reviewing my medical records from long ago.  We hear mostly of the statistics presented in the above chart, but not always about the lives saved every day by caring mental health professionals everywhere.  I only wish I could find these two heroes from my US Navy experience and thank them personally for saving my life…

Steve Sparks, Author, Blogger, Mental Heath Advocate