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Mental health and wellness

Supports, online resources, and mobile apps to improve well-being for releasing and former members of the CAF or RCMP, family members and caregivers.

Talk to a professional now

If you are in need of psychological support, please reach out. Get support now from a mental health professional by calling 1-800-268-7708. You are not alone.

The VAC Assistance Service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to all Veterans, former RCMP members, families, and caregivers.

Read more about the VAC Assistance Service

Understanding mental health

A wide range of mental health resources and information for you and your family, including information about PTSD.

Compensation for illness or injury

Financial payment for a service-related illness or injury.

Military sexual trauma

If you experienced sexual misconduct during service, resources are available to support you.

Assessment and treatment

Services that provide support for a mental health condition, such as an operational stress injury.

Talk to someone who can relate

There are peer support networks for members or Veterans of the CAF or the RCMP living with an operational stress injury (OSI).

Talk to a professional now

Get support right now from a mental health professional by calling 1-800-268-7708.

Veteran Family Program

When releasing, a Veteran Family Program coordinator helps identify your family’s needs and plan a successful transition.

Coming soon: Mental Health Benefits

Starting in April 2022, Veterans residing in Canada who apply for a disability benefit for a mental health condition – as well as those who already applied but have not yet received a decision – will qualify for the new Mental Health Benefits. This program provides early access to coverage for prescription drugs and certain mental health services related to anxiety and depressive disorders, and trauma-and-stressor-related disorders. Mental Health Benefits coverage lasts for a period of up to 2 years, regardless of the outcome of your application. Note: Treatment benefits for those who are already approved for a disability benefit will not change.


Resources and online supports

Access support for the well-being of Veterans, their families and caregivers

Caregiver Zone

An online community for caregivers who want to share their story, ask questions or learn more about caregiving.

Lifespeak

An online mental and physical health information and support resource to Veterans and their families.

Wellness Together Canada

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused extra stress and uncertainty for so many of us. Whatever you're going through, Wellness Together Canada provides mental health and substance use support.

Centre of Excellence on PTSD

The virtual hub for information and resources on Veteran-specific mental health treatment.

Homelessness support

For support with a Veteran at risk of homelessness, you are encouraged to contact VAC, one of the organizations on the map, or the VAC Assistance Service.

Speak to a Chaplain

Spiritual support for challenges when transitioning to post-service life, or deal with the loss of a loved one. Bereavement support is also available through the VAC Assistance Service.


Mobile apps

Download these helpful free resources to learn about mental health symptoms and self-management or connect to VAC services.

PTSD Coach Canada

Learn about and manage symptoms that can occur after trauma.

OSI Connect

Mental health learning and self-management mobile app developed to help patients and families understand the nature of operational stress injuries (OSIs).

Veterans Matter

Find services and benefits offered to Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members, and their families.


Articles for Veterans and families

Bell Let's Talk

Let's talk about mental health

The journey toward mental wellness is different for everyone. Whatever your mental wellness journey looks like this year, know that each step you take is meaningful and that there are resources to help you on your way.

Researchers study mental health effects of pandemic on Veterans and their spouses

Early reports signal support for telehealth services now and after the pandemic.

We're stronger thanks to the Veteran Family Program

The Veteran Family Program connected Jo Anne and Michael Truskoski to a network of support while navigating the challenges of life after service.

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