Sometimes, we recognize that we need help, but there's something stopping us from seeking it. Dr. Phillips, how can we recognize and overcome these barriers to care?
Well, Dr. Jerman, for some people, the barrier to care is simply not knowing what the appropriate resource is for their specific problem, and some are afraid that even asking about resources will cause others to see them differently.
In the military, many people are unsure how seeking help will affect their career and how much of their conversations with a military provider will remain confidential.
These are common concerns, but they should never stop someone from seeking the care they need. If you recognize that you need help, a good place to start is your primary care provider. They may be all the help you need, but if they're not, they can refer you to the right resource. You can also contact the mental health clinic directly to make an appointment or ask questions.
It's extremely important to seek immediate help in the event of a life-threatening emergency. If someone you know is having thoughts of self-harm or harm to another individual, take them to the nearest emergency room or call 911.