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

The Centre of Excellence has been established to provide better access to information, research, tools and expertise on post traumatic stress disorder and related mental health conditions.


The focus of the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and related mental health conditions is to create knowledge networks with researchers across the country to increase expertise on military and Veteran mental health, suicide prevention and substance use disorder.

A focus on sharing knowledge

The Centre will create new 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.

Mental health conditions are a common illness or injury for Canada’s military men and women. Of all Veterans who receive a disability benefit from Veterans Affairs Canada, 20 per cent receive it for a mental health condition. Of this group, 73 per cent receive their disability benefit for PTSD.Footnote 1

The Centre of Excellence is a hub for information and resources on Veteran-specific mental health treatment. It will share evidence-based treatment protocols and best practices among the Veterans Affairs Canada network of Operational Stress Injury Clinics, the Canadian Forces Health Services and with mental health professionals across the country.

First responders, their families and other Canadians affected by PTSD or a related mental health condition will also benefit from the information and knowledge developed at the centre.

Frequently asked questions

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

If you need immediate assistance call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest hospital.

You can speak with a mental health professional by calling the VAC Assistance Service toll free at 1-800-268-7708 or TDD/TTY: 1-800-567-5803 for the hearing impaired.

For information on our services and support, call Veterans Affairs Canada between Monday and Friday from 8:30 – 4:30 at 1-866-522-2122 or TDD/TTY: 1-833-921-0071 for the hearing impaired.

Where is the Centre of Excellence located?

The Centre of Excellence is located in Ottawa, at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. Researchers, physicians and other experts across Canada in universities, research centers and in the clinical field will contribute their knowledge and expertise through joint projects and partnerships. The knowledge and learning from the Centre of Excellence will be available to health care providers, no matter where they are located across the country.

Why was The Royal chosen as the partner for the Centre of Excellence?

The Royal is a leading teaching and research hospital. It is uniquely positioned in this relationship with VAC because it is home to NATO’s first research chair in military mental health and Brain Imaging Centre that has state-of-the-art technology for conducting clinical trials. Through the work of its Operational Stress Injury Clinic – the only one in Canada located within a mental health care and research facility – The Royal also has a strong foundation of caring for the mental health needs of Veterans and their families.

How much money is VAC spending on this Centre of Excellence?

Beginning in 2018, Veterans Affairs Canada is investing $17.5 million over four years, and then $9.2 million per year after that.

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