Mental Fitness Resources
Helpful resources for gaining and maintaining good psychological health.
The mind is a muscle that needs to be exercised—a strong mind helps you build a strong body and improve your performance. Taking time to check on your mind strength and work on your mental skills will result in a huge improvement in your overall performance. Your ability to keep your head in the game—and then get it out when it’s time to go home—is key to performing at your best in both environments. To help you build mental resilience, under the tabs below we provide links to helpful resources that can get you started on assessing and priming your mind for performance optimization.
Organizations & Programs
Organizations and programs that provide information to enhance your mental fitness.
National organizations are great resources of general information on psychological health in everyday life. Some also address the specific needs of service members and offer relevant and vetted tips on how to prevent mental health neglect, how to check yourself if you think you need psychological help, and where to go for help. Take the time to view these sources, which can introduce you to psychological needs and provide general tips on how to be mentally healthy.
Military psychology topics
Resilience and psychology information, news, tips, and resources from the American Psychological Association. The APA is the leading source for the latest psychological research.
Topics ranging from health and relationships to military deployment. Sign-up is recommended to access online assessments, toolkits, discussion boards, newsletters, and videos.
Some organizations, including specific military branch services, offer training of distinct skills to help ensure that you are mentally strong. Browse the programs below—they can help you enhance your mental skills.
Hooah 4 Health
This U.S. Army health-promotion website has information, strategies, and online games for the mind, body, and spirit, as well as environment issues.
Also visit HPRC's own resources:
OSOK Controlled Response Module
This presentation from the One Shot, One Kill (OSOK) Program introduces and provides a guide to mind-body strategies designed to help Warfights access their internal resources to achieve Human Performance Optimization. For more OSOK program materials, click here .
OSOK Mind Tactics Module
Learn the mental strategies used by elite athletes and Warfighters to optimize performance with this presentation from One Shot, One Kill (OSOK). For more OSOK program materials, click here .
Online and downloadable documents to help you hone your mind skills.
Mind/body connection facts
Current research findings on mental factors of health, longevity, and productivity from the American Psychological Association will help you understand the connection between good mental health and good physical health.
The Psychological Needs of U.S. Military Service Members and Their Families [PDF]
This 2007 report is from The American Psychological Association’s Presidential Task Force on Military Deployment Services for Youth, Families and Service Members. It identifies psychological risk factors and mental health–related service needs during and after deployment, recommends how to meet those needs, and provides a list of resources available from the APA to meet these needs.
Subscribe to this quarterly publication from the Naval Center for Combat and Operational Stress to read inspiring articles and get the latest news on psychological well-being for Marines and Sailors.
Online assessments and games to sharpen your mind.
HPRC's instructional video demonstrates three breathing strategies for human performance optimization: Deep Breathing, Alternate Nostril Breathing, and Fast-Paced Breathing. A longer version is also available to practice along with instructor. The transcript will also available soon. [PDF].
Try this online self-assessment, which you can take anonymously, for a variety of mental-health conditions to guide you towards getting the right help.
The Comprehensive Soldier Fitness–Performance and Resilience Enhancement Program (CSF-PREP) provides audio relaxation exercises and a guide on how to set goals. For more complete information on this program, visit HPRC’s Total Force Fitness pages on CSF.