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duty, with little or no career fallout.
That statistic should go a long way to-
ward breaking down the barriers to
mental health support.
In this age of high-speed Internet,
treatment for psychological issues
doesn’t mean having to fly home, at
the government’s expense, to be seen
only once things are at the point of
utter despair. MED is working with
insurers to confirm coverage of ther-
apy through Skype. In addition, there
are now more and more therapists on
the ground in foreign posts.
For their part, expatriates — in-
cluding Foreign Service personnel
and family members —must redefine
their culture to accept that everyone
pursuing that rewarding, if challeng-
ing, lifestyle may occasionally need
support, whether from each other,
trained professionals or both.
“Tell someone,” Dianne Peersman
urges. “Don’t just yell at your kids.
Don’t hide it. The life we’re living can
be hard, and those who live it with you
can help. They understand what
you’re going though.”
Talking to one another is a start.
But when a trained therapist is neces-
sary, sponsoring agencies should en-
sure that there is no obstacle, real or
imagined, to employees and their
families getting professional help.
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Having pursued
treatment for mental
health conditions can
actually be considered
positive in terms of a
security clearance.