The top obstacle to mental health care, for all populations, was a lack of available appointments and mental health care providers. However, when the results were isolated by demographic group, they revealed additional obstacles. Active duty spouses were statistically more likely than any other group to say that child care was an obstacle to care, while active duty service members were statistically more likely to say career repercussions were obstacles.
Similar to results in the 2017 survey, transportation to appointments and cost for care were obstacles for those who have left service (veterans and retirees). Active duty families also said they did not have time to take off to attend appointments during work hours.