Stigma as a barrier to substance abuse and mental health treatment
McFarling, L., D'Angelo, M., Drain, M., Gibbs, D., & Rae Olmsted, K. (2011). Stigma as a barrier to substance abuse and mental health treatment. Military Psychology, 23(1), 1-5. DOI: 10.1080/08995605.2011.534397
This article provides an overview of stigma associated with mental health and substance abuse treatment in military settings and discusses articles included in this issue. These articles examine the predictors of and barriers to treatment entry; assess the influence of military culture and unit influences on attitudes toward treatment; examine unique challenges associated with reserve personnel; and address policy changes to improve access to care. We review challenges associated with reducing stigma and the importance of policy, culture, education, and leadership to effect the desired changes.