Blog posts with the tag "Service Members"

Staff Perspective: Behavioral Health Treatment - A Pervasive Stigma

Can the stigma against seeking behavioral health treatment ever be fully banished? It's a difficult and important question. A person’s sense of self of identity depends on how they view themselves, or “who” they are instead of “what” they are physically. This distinction can make it relatively easy to seek medical treatment, but so much more threatening to ask for help from behavioral health providers. However, it takes so much more courage to analyze our internal self and admit that change may be needed.

By the Numbers: 26 July 2021

11 Million

The number of "man days" for which the National Guard was activated last year, according to a recent Washington Post article. A spokesman for the National Guard Association of the United States, an advocacy organization, pointed out that this is "the highest number since World War II."

Staff Perspective: Addressing Stigma and Encouraging Mental Health Care in the Military - A Double-Edged Sword?

Dr. Jenny Phillips

A common target for stigma-reduction interventions is to increase social support within military units with the goal of fostering support for mental-health treatment for individual service members. Recent findings from a study of Army National Guard personnel suggest that these approaches may have some unexpected and unintended consequences for treatment-seeking in Service members with service-related mental health conditions.

By the Numbers: 14 June 2021

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The percentage of "(s)ervice members who identify as LGB or who do not indicate that they identify as heterosexual" in 2018, according to a recent report by the RAND Corporation -- Sexual Assault of Sexual Minorities in the U.S. Military. And yet they accounted for "approximately 43 percent of all sexually assaulted service members in that year."

By the Numbers: 24 May 2021


The number of service members who "initiated a COVID-19 mRNA vaccine" between December 11, 2020 through March 12, 2021, according to a study in the April issue of Armed Forces Health Surveillance Branch journal, Medical Surveillance Monthly Report (MSMR) -- Disparities in COVID-19 Vaccine Initiation and Completion Among Active Component Service Members and Health Care Personnel, 11 December 2020-12 March 2021. This represents 27.2% of total service members.