Mental Health Support

We will reach out to every Canadian veteran to make sure they get timely and effective mental health care, when and where they need it.

Nearly two out of every five veterans report some form of mental health challenge – nearly double the Canadian average – with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and anxiety disorders the most commonly diagnosed issues. But today, only about 10 per cent of veterans who need mental health support get the help they need from Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC). That’s not acceptable.

To ensure that our veterans have access to high-quality mental health care when and where they need it, we will move forward with a new rapid-response service staffed by social workers, case management counsellors, and peer support workers. We will proactively reach out to every Canadian veteran to make sure that they know about the help available, and how to access it.