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Stigma around mental health in the military

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adsme
Joined: 08/11/2010 - 13:22

I was listening to an interesting commentary from a Veteran on the radio ( ADMIN: link no longer available ). He talked about feeling overwhelmed by his battle experiences and contemplating suicide. Moreover, he talked about how, "The images terrified me mostly because I couldn't stop them from taking control of my mind. I knew I needed help but I didn't ask for it because I thought I would be ridiculed, considered weak and cowardly." The thought behind this is that you somehow seem less "fit" for duty or "weak" if you seek assistance for psychological health issues as service personnel. This often prevents people from seeking out care.

Do you think there is stigma surrounding seeking support in the military? If so, what do you think the consequences of seeking support are?

booboo
Joined: 01/20/2011 - 07:45

Sure it is. At LAFB, we all know that mental health is on the 4th floor of Wilford Hall, & that becomes ammo for many jokes and jests. Even when someone who truly needs help goes there, they pretend not to know people they recognize because they don't want to acknowledge that they are there. sad

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