Bringing Mental Health to the Forefront for Canada’s Veterans

Jan 25, 2017

Mental illness. We are hearing about it more and more in the Veteran community. Mental illness can impact all areas of a Veteran’s life. It can distort self-worth, disrupt transition to civilian life, affect physical health, impair relationships, devastate families, impact workplaces and communities, and can profoundly debilitate those who served and sacrificed for our country. Yet mental illness is not new to Canada’s military and RCMP. From the great wars, to peace support roles, to home-front duties, to today’s conflicts, our Veterans face unique and sometimes grave responsibilities in service that can have a lasting effect on physical and mental well-being.

What is new today is a nation determined to address this challenge… for Veterans and for all who suffer in silence. Initiatives like Bell Let’s Talk Day are bringing mental health to the forefront, helping to fight the stigma associated with mental health, improve access to care, support research and treatment, and advance workplace mental health policy and support.

The Royal Canadian Legion is committed to helping Veterans, including currently serving military and RCMP members, and their families get the care and supports they need. Though we cannot assist directly in the specialized area of mental health, our Service Officer Network can help Veterans access mental health programs, services and benefits.

In addition to directly supporting Veterans, the Legion is working to raise awareness of the invisible wounds of service and to advocate for improved care. We invite you to learn more about our advocacy efforts and how the Legion supports mental health in the Veteran community.

If you or a Veteran you know is suffering, please contact a Command Service Officer for help. All Legion services for Veterans and their families through the Service Bureau are offered free of charge, and you don’t have to be a member to get help. Contact a Legion Command Service Officer

 

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Do you want to help Canada’s Veterans and show your support? Become a member of the Legion! As a member, you help the Legion support and advocate for Veterans, and honour the Fallen. Learn more about membership and how to get involved: Join the Legion today


 

About The Royal Canadian Legion

Founded in 1925, the Legion is Canada’s largest Veteran support and community service organization. We are a non-profit organization with a national reach across Canada as well as branches in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. With more than 275,000 members, many of whom volunteer an extraordinary amount of time to their branches, our strength is in our numbers.

Public Relations / Media Inquiries: PublicRelations@Legion.ca

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