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8.0 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 8.1 Veterans with Psychiatric Disability in Receipt of Disability Benefits

With a psychiatric diagnosis (incl. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder [PTSD]) – Actuals for fiscal years 2015 to 2020 as of March 31, 2020
Service Type 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019-20
War Service 1,114 925 751 627 505
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 16,850 18,826 21,872 24,676 27,470
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 3,937 4,469 5,107 5,848 6,790
Missing Service Code 1 1 4 0 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a psychiatric diagnosis (incl. PTSD) 21,902 24,221 27,734 31,151 34,765
With a PTSD diagnosis – Actuals for fiscal years 2015 to 2020 as of March 31, 2020
Service Type 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019-20
War Service 743 622 509 436 366
CAF 12,075 13,342 15,232 16,893 18,623
RCMP 3,233 3,658 4,187 4,780 5,549
Missing Service Code 1 1 2 0 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a PTSD diagnosis 16,052 17,623 19,930 22,109 24,538

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.2 Veterans with Mental Health Conditions by Age and Sex as of March 2020

Age MaleFootnote 1 Female Total % by Age
Under 30 365 133 498 1%
30 to 39 4,554 819 5,373 15%
40 to 49 6,813 1,639 8,452 24%
50 to 59 9,932 2,051 11,983 34%
60 to 69 4,984 738 5,722 16%
70 or more 2,656 81 2,737 8%
Total 29,304 5,461 34,765 100%
% by Sex 84% 16% 100% -

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.3 Mental Health – Quick Facts as of March 2020

  • 26% of all Veterans in receipt of VAC benefits have disability benefits for a service-related psychiatric diagnosis.
  • 71% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition have PTSD.
  • 56% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are married or have a common-law partner.
  • 27% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are also eligible for Rehabilitation Program.
  • 43% 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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