This article follows on from previous posts exploring the notion that some Service leavers experience reverse culture shock upon transitioning from military to civilian life (particularly if also dealing with additional trauma), and that an ingrained 'military' stigma acts against seeking help when needed. In this article, the potential power of 'narrative' approaches to combatting this are explored, drawing on the work conducted in the Canadian context.
Aside from aspects looked at in my previous post, the nature of military life also requires that its people should be mentally and physically robust enough to operate in arduous, extreme and dangerous conditions (Finnegan et al., 2014). That, after all, is what a nation pays its armed forces to do. However, given this requirement for physical and metal robustness, research concludes that when issues do arise—particularly around mental health—resolving them is often hampered through fear of recognising or being open about them.