Mental Health and PTSD

This week, we pay our respects for Remembrance Day 2020. Remembrance Day is an important day to celebrate our gratitude as Canadians and remember who we have lost. It can be an especially tough day for retired military personnel, as it may bring up a lot of grief and memories. One of the most prominent issues facing veterans following their years of service is suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, otherwise known as PTSD. PTSD is a condition that affects mental health and is characterized by intrusive memories, avoidance, negative moods and overall changes in reactions. Although commonly associated with military veterans, PTSD can be experienced by anyone following a traumatic event.

How can you support your mental health if you are suffering with PTSD?

  • Reach out to your doctor, a therapist, a trusted friend or family member, or a support line (Crisis Hotline: 1-833-456-4566)
  • Build a network. There are support networks through the Legion, Facebook groups, support sessions, and more.
  • Consider counselling – individual and family counselling can offer qualified support that you might not be able to get anywhere else.

It’s important to know that you should never feel ashamed about having mental health issues. Mental health matters – it has impacts on every other part of your life, and is just as important as physical health, if not more. Reach out to your family doctor, a therapist, trusted friend or family member or the Legion 24 hour telephone support line to start healing:

  • Phone: 1-800-268-7708
  • For the hearing impaired, dial 1-800-567-5803 (TDD)

Go to Mayo Clinic if you want to know more about the symptoms of PTSD.

Visit the Legion’s Support Page to see what resources are available to you as a veteran.

Look into programs offered with Veterans Transition Network.