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 2014 to 2019 as of March 31, 2019
Service Type 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
War Service 1,323 1,114 925 751 627
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 14,847 16,850 18,826 21,872 24,676
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 3,469 3,937 4,469 5,107 5,848
Missing Service Code 2 1 1 4 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a psychiatric diagnosis (incl. PTSD) 19,641 21,902 24,221 27,734 31,151
With a PTSD diagnosis – Actuals for fiscal years 2014 to 2019 as of March 31, 2019
Service Type 2014–15 2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19
War Service 856 743 622 509 436
CAF 10,695 12,075 13,342 15,232 16,893
RCMP 2,819 3,233 3,658 4,187 4,780
Missing Service Code 2 1 1 2 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a PTSD diagnosis 14,372 16,052 17,623 19,930 22,109

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.2 Veterans with Mental Health Conditions by Age and Gender as of March 2019

Age MaleFootnote 1 Female Total % by Age
Under 30 451 117 568 2%
30 to 39 4,184 747 4,931 16%
40 to 49 6,338 1,437 7,775 25%
50 to 59 8,905 1,734 10,639 34%
60 to 69 4,164 578 4,742 15%
70 or more 2,438 58 2,496 8%
Total 26,480 4,671 31,151 100%
% by Gender 85% 15% 100% -

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.3 Mental Health – Quick Facts as of March 2019

  • 24% 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.
  • 57% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are married or have a common-law partner.
  • 29% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are also eligible for Rehabilitation Program.
  • 42% 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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