Navy Secretary Mandates Mental Health Care

The order also provides training regarding confidential evaluations.

The U.S. Navy and Marine Corps became the first branch of the military to sign provisions of the Brandon Act into their own laws and bylaws, providing updates to mental health care for military personnel. 

The Brandon Act was signed into law by President Joe Biden in December 2021. Named after Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Castera, who died of suicide in 2018, the act allows military personnel to access confidential help at any time for any mental health issue they may be facing. It will also require mental health services to conduct an evaluation as soon as service members self-report having mental health issues.

Under the order, through annual training, commanders will ensure sailors and Marines are informed regarding the availability of mental health assistance and the process of requesting referrals.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Carlos Del Toro as he oversees the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.
  • For military personnel who are struggling with mental health to get the assistance they need.
  • For leaders of the other branches of the Armed Forces as they implement the Brandon Act.

Sources: Stripes, USNI


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