Trans service members and veterans are an increasingly visible population in need of mental health services. This session presents original results from a mixed-methods study of their experiences with both military and nonmilitary mental health care providers. Incorporating findings from qualitative interviews and online surveys, the presenters will discuss barriers to mental health care access, perceived gender discrimination, and ways to increase competence in working with this specialized population.
Participants will learn about unique mental health challenges faced by trans military service members and veterans, in the context of their intersecting identities as members of both the trans and military communities, and related historical barriers they have faced to medical and mental health treatment.
Participants will learn about the lived mental health care experiences of trans military service members and veterans, informed by the literature and brought to life through the presentation of quotations and key themes from original qualitative interviews.
Participants will learn about specific barriers to mental health care access and perceived experiences of gender discrimination among trans military service members and veterans, informed by the literature and illustrated by findings from original online survey research.