Facilitating Help-seeking Behavior for Psychological Health Concerns in Service Members

May 26, 2016; 1-2:30 p.m. (ET)

Service members are often susceptible to increased rates of diagnosable psychological health concerns. This is particularly true in service members who have experienced multiple deployments and/or served in combat roles. Data suggests that relatively few service members with psychological health concerns seek help, which may increase the risk of ongoing symptoms, diminished readiness, and career implications. These barriers to care are present across all service branches, including the National Guard and reserve components, who face additional challenges and potentially reduced access to psychological health care or resources. This review presents research findings about the barriers to care for service members, along with systematic efforts to reduce stigma and facilitate help-seeking behavior. Additionally, the presentation will discuss strategies that health care providers and line leaders can implement to reduce stigma and facilitate help-seeking behavior.

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the major barriers in seeking help for psychological health concerns for service members.
  • Recognize systematic efforts to increase access to care, reduce stigma, and encourage help-seeking behavior.
  • Apply strategies to dispel stigma and facilitate help-seeking for psychological health concerns in service members.


Bradford W. Applegate, Ph.D.
Real Warriors Campaign Clinical Psychological Health Subject Matter Expert Silver Spring, Maryland


Vladimir Nacev, Ph.D., ABPP
Acting Chief, Implementation Division Deployment Health Clinical Center Silver Spring, Maryland

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is available from Professional Education Services Group (PESG). You must register by 3 p.m. (ET) May 26, 2016, to qualify for the receipt of continuing education credit.

The awarding of continuing education credit is limited in scope to health care providers who actively provide psychological health and traumatic brain injury care to U.S. active-duty service members, reservists, National Guardsmen, military veterans and their families.


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