The impact of stigma against seeking help for mental health concerns is significant in the veteran population. Other than the barriers that exist externally, such as lack of access to care or societal perceptions about veterans in general and mental health specifically, the internal stigma against seeking help is one that is entirely under the control of the veteran.

A study conducted in 2015, Help-Seeking Stigma and Mental Health Treatment Seeking Among Young Adult Veterans, asked questions about stigma of 815 veterans in an anonymous survey. This infographic displays the results of some of their findings.

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Duane France

Duane K. L. France is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as a mental health counselor practicing in the state of Colorado. Do you want to join the conversation regarding veteran mental health? Share, like, and comment. Read Duane's previous posts and follow him on Twitter and LinkedIn. Keep the conversation about #veteranmentalhealth going.