The Stigma of Weakness

The head of the Army’s mental health engagement team has called on the chain of command to better recognise that “vulnerability is not a failure”. Colonel Tim Boughton said more should be done to tackle the stigma that admitting to difficulties is to show weakness. Arguing that physical fitness is indivisible from mental fitness, the… Read More

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Disablement & The Brazilian Armed Forces

Research Paper Title The meanings assigned to disablement based on military ‘habitus’. Background This is a qualitative study based on in-depth interviews, with the aim of analysing the meanings associated with a social phenomenon, specifically disabilities in the military field. Methods A total of 22 people were interviewed, 3 managers and 19 Brazilian Navy professionals… Read More

US Air Force Nursing Personnel & Barriers to Mental Healthcare

Research Paper Title Resilience, Stress, Stigma, and Barriers to Mental Healthcare in U.S. Air Force Nursing Personnel. Background Stigma may deter military service members from seeking mental health (MH) services. Previously, substantial proportions of U.S. Air Force (USAF) registered nurses and medical technicians reported concerns about stigma with accessing MH services; in particular, that unit… Read More