Mental health issues in the military are a hot topic seemingly swept under the rug often. Many refuse to touch on it. We’re talking to you, soldier. 

A 2015 report by the National Library of Medicine revealed that 60% of service members who experience mental health issues refuse to address them and seek help. Why is that? According to the report, studies within the military point to the stigma connected to mental illness and therapy as the reasons that hinder service members from taking action. 

According to the report, the ‘stigma’ is that military members who seek some form of therapy or counseling “would be seen as weak.” Some expressed concern about colleagues treating them “differently” because they took the necessary steps to address and possibly fix their mental health issues. 

It’s time to talk about mental health issues in the military. It’s time to address these long-standing issues and take action. Everyone deserves a life free from the clutches of anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

Professionals Address the Mental Health Issues in the Military

PTSD is one of the common issues endured by service members upon their release from active duty. This March 2023 study published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) shows that around 14 to 16% of US service members deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan have depression or PTSD. That’s not a small number if you think about it. 

Other alarming issues brought up in the study were related to suicide, substance abuse, traumatic brain injury, and interpersonal violence. For people who risked their lives fighting for their country, enduring such hardships only adds insult to injury.