Barriers to Treatment

Healthcare providers can support and encourage Veteran patients to seek treatment by recognizing the mental health stigma that exists in military culture. Understand how military personnel may associate mental health providers with negative evaluations, which creates a barrier to treatment, and learn the differences between the mission-focus of military service and individual-focus of mental health treatment. Dr. Shauna Springer, the Senior Director of Suicide Prevention and Postvention Initiatives at Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), discusses how those differences affect mental health and explains how to help military or Veteran patients overcome barriers to seeking treatment.

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    n2shopin August 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

    How can I take the course. I watched the video and it was informative. Thanking you in advance for your attention to this issue.

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    acarrascohartle September 10, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    I am a mother of a veteran and a professional counselor, so I am so happy to be able to begin to understand my son’s world.

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    DevilmaycryJm May 25, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Members are subjected to ridicule, veiled reprimands and overt retaliation for merely insinuating mental health concerns for themselves and in some instances even on behalf of another. Very challenging dilemma.

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