Reducing the stigma on posttraumatic stress disorder in militaries through virtual reality

Martine J. van Bennekom, Pelle P. de Koning


Over the last years, the occurrence and consequences of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in militaries has received increasing attention in the media. Young members of the British royal family raise awareness by speaking out and funding training and education programs for active duty militaries, veterans and their families. Actions such as these aims to help reduce the persevering stigma of PTSD. In clinical research, the stigma and underreporting of PTSD in militaries has been an area of investigation for decades.