Mental health is a critical component of personal and unit readiness. Mental health is more than just the absence of mental illness, it is mental resilience, flexibility, and the capacity to deal with problems as they occur (to adapt, innovate, and overcome). Some Marines are able to do this better than others. A large component of this is personality or character traits, which are fairly fixed in an individual from early adulthood onward. These traits are affected by a Marine's mental state, which can vary according to circumstances or illness. When mental health is in jeopardy a Marine may have ongoing problems getting along in the unit, may seem to be functioning below usual capacity, or may seem “weird” or “crazy.” Any of these problems can affect a Marines personal readiness as well as the overall readiness of the unit. Early identification, evaluation, and treatment are essential to all concerned.
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