Army Vet and Licensed Behavioral Health Provider Tara Fields discusses Mental Health in the Military
The Scuttlebutt | Season 8 Episode 6
Tara Fields is a licensed behavioral health provider, Army combat veteran, and passionate advocate for the improvement of mental health care for all service members.
Tara is part investigator, author, clinician, politician, and is on a mission to change the damning course our military continues down which is proving deadly.
What she shares in Tracer Patient is a sobering account of her own personal journey and captures just how deeply flawed the current system is. Through Tara’s story and other service members and their families’ stories, we learn that everyone must balance the demands of the system with the art of caring for oneself.
During her service, Tara would learn that she was disregarding the fact that her own mental health was being overwhelmed and overstimulated. She nearly became a casualty herself. She would transition from the role of the mental health provider to the patient in a way she never saw coming.
As a trained psychotherapist and seasoned Army Officer, she was motivated more than ever to expose the harsh realities plaguing our military today with respect to failed policies, toxic command climates, and a grossly negligent and failing military mental health system.
Tara speaks hard truths to power and refuses to quit until suicide rates decrease and until we fix an epically broken mental health system. She addresses the problem and provides impactful solutions.
Tracer Patient aims to bring insight, then spark action and to motivate the reader, regardless of what system you may find yourself, to stand up to these things that are happening and to do your part to bring about systemic changes affecting us all.