Silicon Valley Sociological Review


Ana Martinez


Predominant military ideology, which perpetuates hegemonic masculinity by purporting emotional and physical discipline at all times, is not conducive to fostering a culture that readily accepts mental health diagnoses resulting in increased stigma and barriers to care. Prevention tactics, institutional changes, military ethos, statistical data on yearly suicide rates by service members, and perceived barriers to care were compiled and analyzed. A review of related scholarship found that particular demographics increase the risk that service members and veterans sustain mental health disorders. Additionally, a service member’s intersecting identities play a role in the compounding levels of mental taxation they face, which is discussed specifically for women and people of color.



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