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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

Veterans Actuals as of March 31, 2020 YTD
Dec 2020
2015–16 2016–17 2017–18 2018–19 2019-20
War Service 1,114 925 751 627 505 416
Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) 16,850 18,826 21,872 24,676 27,470 30,006
Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) 3,937 4,469 5,107 5,848 6,790 7,565
Missing Service Code 1 1 4 0 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 37,987
War Service 743 622 509 436 366 306
CAF 12,075 13,342 15,232 16,893 18,623 20,337
RCMP 3,233 3,658 4,187 4,780 5,549 6,210
Missing Service Code 1 1 2 0 0 0
Total: Veterans (in receipt of disability benefits) with a PTSD diagnosis 16,052 17,623 19,930 22,109 24,538 26,853

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

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

Age MaleFootnote 1 Female Total % by Age
Under 30 478 180 658 2%
30 to 39 5,267 986 6,253 16%
40 to 49 7,494 1,876 9,370 25%
50 to 59 10,710 2,236 12,946 34%
60 to 69 5,256 790 6,046 16%
70 or more 2,632 82 2,714 7%
Total 31,837 6,150 37,987 100%
% by Sex 84% 16% 100% -

Source: Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Services Branch

Table 8.3 Mental Health – Quick Facts as of December 2020

Quick Facts

  • 28% 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.
  • 55% of Veterans in receipt of disability benefits for a mental health condition are married or have a common-law partner.
  • 26% 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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