Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Other Related Mental Health Conditions

What is it?

The new Centre of Excellence (CoE) on PTSD and other related Mental Health conditions will be the virtual centre for information and resources on Veteran-specific mental health treatment.

  • create and share knowledge on Veteran mental health treatments that work and place it directly into the hands of mental health professionals and others working with Veterans on a daily basis.
  • focus on research, clinical program and tool development, education and outreach. The CoE will provide important information on the specific experiences of Veterans and the specific nature of the care needs.
  • complement existing partnerships for mental health as offered through the Operational Stress Injury Clinics, provincially run inpatient and outpatient facilities, and by individual health professionals located throughout Canada.

Watch this video for a quick overview of the Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

How will it help me?

This approach will help all Veterans from coast to coast to coast, no matter where they live.

RCMP Veterans, other first responders, their families and other Canadians affected by PTSD and related mental health issues will also benefit from the research, information and knowledge sharing with mental health practitioners across the country.

Why a virtual centre?

Veterans Affairs Canada has agreements with provincial health authorities to provide specialized mental healthcare for Veterans. In addition, the Department funds a well-established network of over 4,000 mental health professionals across Canada. The Centre's role will be to share best practices with health professionals located across the country.

Where do I go if I need help with my mental health?

Call the VAC Assistance Service at 1-800-268-7708 if you need someone to talk to.

For information on our services and support, call us between Monday and Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 at 1-866-522-2122.

Common questions and answers

How will this Centre of Excellence make a positive difference in the lives of Canada's Veterans and their families?

The Centre of Excellence will have a research and education mandate which in turn will support improved mental health treatment for Canada's Veterans across the country. It will generate knowledge on the subject of Veteran mental health, suicide prevention and substance use disorder. The Centre will also share this knowledge with mental health service providers who treat Canadian Veterans and serving members.

Where will the Centre of Excellence be located?

The Centre of Excellence is a virtual centre, not a physical location. Researchers, physicians and other experts will contribute their knowledge and expertise. The learning from the Centre of Excellence will be available to health care providers, no matter where they are located across the country

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