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7.0 Mental Health

Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) provides a wide range of mental health services and support for Veterans and their families. The tables below outline the increasing number of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition.

Table 7.1 Veterans with Psychiatric Disability in Receipt of Disability Benefits

Veterans Actuals as of March 31, 2021 YTD
Dec 2021
2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019–20 2020–21
War Service 925 751 627 505 387 328
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 18,826 21,872 24,676 27,470 30,949 35,380
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 4,469 5,107 5,848 6,790 8,315 10,210
Missing Service Code 1 4 0 0 0 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a psychiatric diagnosis (incl. PTSD) 24,221 27,734 31,151 34,765 39,651 45,918
War Service 622 509 436 366 284 244
CAF 13,342 15,232 16,893 18,623 20,876 23,505
RCMP 3,658 4,187 4,780 5,549 6,877 8,522
Missing Service Code 1 2 0 0 0 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a PTSD diagnosis 17,623 19,930 22,109 24,538 28,037 32,271

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 7.2 Veterans with Mental Health Conditions by Age and Sex as of December 2021

Age Male Female Unknown Total % by Age
Under 30 478 249 2 729 2%
30 to 39 6,066 1,303 0 7,369 16%
40 to 49 8,729 2,404 2 11,135 24%
50 to 59 12,238 2,840 13 15,091 33%
60 to 69 7,058 1,128 15 8,301 18%
70 or more 3,154 131 8 3,293 7%
Total 37,723 8,155 40 45,918 100%
% by Sex 82% 18% 0% 100% -

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 7.3 Mental Health – Quick Facts as of December 2021

Quick Facts

  • 32% of all Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have disability benefits for a service-related psychiatric diagnosis.
  • 70% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition have PTSD.
  • 53% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are married or have a common-law partner.
  • 23% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are also eligible for Rehabilitation Program.
  • 41% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are in receipt of Veterans Independence Program (VIP) benefits.

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

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