Why do so few veterans ask for mental health help when help is available? This is a question being asked by the Defense Department, and they have asked a Clemson professor to help them find the answer.
A grant for $1.5 million has been awarded to Clemson University professor Thomas Britt by the U.S. Department of Defense. The grant is to research why more veterans do not seek available mental health treatment when it comes to dealing with psychological problems that are a result from combat experience.
Britt says there is a stigma attached to being identified with someone who has a mental health issue.
We’re initially going to do a pilot test with this particular grant, and then we hope to apply it to broader military personnel. And the intervention is just designed to effectively communicate to military personnel, when they need to get treatment, and basically to improve their attitudes towards treatment. [Read more...]