HEALTH / WELL-BEING

Exploring positive pathways to care for members of the UK Armed Forces receiving treatment for PTSD: a qualitative study

Article

This study examines the factors that enable serving members of the UK Armed Forces experiencing mental health difficulties to engage in help-seeking behaviours, access care, and explores how they overcame common barriers to doing so. Five themes emerged about how participants were able to access help and will be discussed further.

Abstract

This research examines the factors which facilitate UK military personnel with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to engage in help-seeking behaviours. Five themes emerged about how participants were able to access help; having to reach a crisis point before accepting the need for help, overcoming feelings of shame, the importance of having an internal locus of control, finding a psychological explanation for their symptoms and having strong social support. This study reported that for military personnel who accessed mental health services, there were a number of factors that supported them to do so. In particular, factors that combated internal stigma, such as being supported to develop an internal locus of control, appeared to be critical in supporting military personnel to engage in help-seeking behaviour.

Full Reference

Murphy D, Hunt E, Luzon O, Greenberg N. Exploring positive pathways to care for members of the UK Armed Forces receiving treatment for PTSD: a qualitative study. European Journal of Psychotraumatology 2014, 5: 21759.