Receiving desperately needed mental health services can be tricky for military personnel.
When military personnel seek therapy/counseling/psychotherapy in unit, they do not have the benefit of confidentiality. Many soldiers who desperately need therapy do not seek it out because they fear their commanders. Soldiers do not receive the same privacy for their counseling sessions if they receive mental health services within the military. Soldiers fear reprisals, loss of promotions, and loss of benefits. They also fear being bullied by demonstrating perceived weakness. Many soldiers also do not want PTSD, suicidal tendencies, depression, or anxiety to become part of their military records. It is important that these soldiers know they can seek out confidential therapy in the community.
Until our combat veterans are able to access private and confidential mental health services, we will not be able to reach them in time.