Capt. (Doctor) Marshall Hayes, staff psychiatrist at Kandahar, Afghanistan. People think that if they come to see us, everyone will find out,” explained Doctor Hayes. Doctor Hayes and his technicians counter that stigma by emphasizing privacy limits from the first appointment — even before any paperwork is done.” The Kandahar Mental Health team points out ways to combat stress during briefings with troops. “Getting involved with the chaplain services, exercising with friends or taking part in recreational activities will help,” said Captain Hayes. “One of the most important things for troops to do as soon as they get to their deployed location is to set up a routine. They need something to look forward to, such as reading a book or getting out and meeting people. That’s the best way to counter stress.” (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Lance Cheung)