Senate tables interim report on operational stress injuries of Canada’s veteransPublished on 18 June 2015 News & Photos by Senator Joseph Day
Ottawa June 18, 2015 – The Senate Subcommittee on Veterans Affairs of the Standing Senate Committee on National Security and Defence tabled its interim report today entitled Operational Stress Injuries of Canada’s Veterans. The interim report provides an overview of what the Subcommittee has learned to date as part of its ongoing study and offers some preliminary thoughts on the issue.
The aim of the study is to examine existing public and private sector programs and services available to serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) suffering from operational stress injuries (OSIs), as well as to explore new technologies and treatments that are emerging to help those individuals recover from their mental health conditions.
The first phase of the study focused on the various federal government programs and services provided to serving members and veterans of the CAF and RCMP suffering from OSIs.
- The Subcommittee learned that social support is a critical part of the recovery process. People suffering from an OSI not only need to rely on treatment providers, but also on the support of their families and of their peers for their recovery.
- The subcommittee dedicated 13 meetings to this study between February 2014 and May 2015 and plans to continue its study in the following Parliament and complete a final report with recommendations at a later date.
Senator Joseph A. Day, Chair
“We heard several witnesses flag that there should be more investment in suicide prevention and that there is a continual requirement to enhance mental health awareness and education.”
Senator Carolyn Stewart Olsen, Deputy Chair
“The Subcommittee was struck by the tremendous work already underway to support serving members and veterans of the CAF and RCMP suffering from OSIs but realizes more work needs to be done, studying this issue.”
To find out more about the work of the committee and for a copy of the report, please visit: http://www.parl.gc.ca/SenCommitteeBusiness/CommitteeHome.aspx?parl=41&ses=2&Language=E&comm_id=1079
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