Barriers to seeking help: what stops military personnel and veterans from seeking mental health services?

Pedzeni, Jonathan (2016) Barriers to seeking help: what stops military personnel and veterans from seeking mental health services? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    People with mental health problems in general face challenges when accessing mental health services. It is suggested that military personnel and veterans are at high risk of developing mental health problems due to the nature of their job and environment. Despite these findings, help-seeking behaviours within military personnel and veterans remains a common issue.
    It is the author's aim to identify and explore the reasons behind military personnel and veterans' reluctance in seeking help within mental health services. By conducting this literature review, the author hopes to make social work practitioners aware and understand these barriers in order to encourage, empower and support military personnel and veterans and their families more effectively.
    Although there are many reasons why military personnel and veterans do not seek help when experiencing mental health difficulties, research findings suggest that there are two key barriers preventing this service user group from accessing help. Firstly, stigma and secondly culture difference have been identified as the key barriers. In identifying these barriers, the author also highlights how professionals and organisations can support military personnel and veterans more effectively; such as pathways for social workers and other health professionals to encourage the understanding of culture difference. The author also recommends further research in this topic in order to understand and break these barriers.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 05 Aug 2016 15:10
    Last Modified: 05 Aug 2016 15:10
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/21375

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