Stigma affects efforts to expand mental health services

09/3/2013 | Huffington Post, The

Many veterans and military personnel with psychological injuries continue to go untreated despite an expanding availability of services to help treat them and prevent suicide, according to clinical psychologist Craig J. Bryan, an Iraq War veteran and associate director at the National Center for Veterans Studies. "One of the primary problems is that the expansion of mental health services has largely occurred in traditional, clinic-based settings that are unlikely to be accessed by most service members and veterans due to pervasive mental health stigma," Bryan writes. Mental health treatment must be considered in the context of the military culture and tailored to fit that culture to be successful, he writes.

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