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Current research suggests up to 43% of United States and 37% of United Kingdom troops returning home from war have experienced some type of mental health issue(s) (Iversen, Staden, Hughes et al., 2009; Sareen, Cox, Afifi et al., 2007). Literature also suggests 60% of military personnel who experience these mental health problems do not seek help, yet many of them could benefit from professional treatment (Sharp et al., 2014). Those wishing to seek mental health treatment likely face several barriers, such as lack of qualified professionals or service availability, but the stigma of mental illness may be the most pervasive (Acosta et al., 2014). Previous research has failed to examine the specific mental health needs and well-being of active-duty personnel, while only a breadth of previous literature exists examining stigma toward mental health in the military (Acosta et al., 2014; Britt et al., 2007; Sharp et al., 2014). The purpose of the study was to examine first-hand, active, and inactive military personnel experiences with mental illness and the quality of mental health services provided to these individuals. Results indicated that men reported greater stigmatic attitudes towards those with a mental illness more frequently than women and men also endorsed more stereotypes toward those with a mental illness when compared to women.



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