Accession Number:

AD1002052

Title:

Assessing the Department of Defense's Approach to Reducing Mental Health Stigma

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

RAND Corp - National Defense Research Institute Santa Monica United States

Report Date:

2016-01-18

Pagination or Media Count:

2.0

Abstract:

When facing mental health problems, many service members choose not to seek needed help because of the stigma associated with mental health disorders and treatment. Not seeking appropriate mental healthcare can negatively impact the quality of life and the social, emotional, and cognitive functioning of affected service members. The stigma of seeking mental health treatment in the military persists despite the efforts of both the U.S. Department of Defense DoD and the Veterans Health Administration to enhance mental health services. The service branches have been actively engaged in developing policies, programs, and campaigns to reduce stigma and increase service members help-seeking behavior.

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE