The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group is partnering with Veterans Affairs Canada to establish the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and other related mental health conditions.
OTTAWA, May 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families deserve the best care and support for their mental health. Raising awareness about how to improve the mental health issues that
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) helped kick off the Canadian Mental Health Association's mental health week by announcing the creation of the Centre of Excellence on PTSD and other related mental health conditions with the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (The Royal). The Centre of Excellence will work to advance mental health, research and support to improve treatment for Canada's Veterans across the country. The Centre of Excellence will conduct applied research, share knowledge and develop tools to support the assessment and treatment of mental health conditions that impact Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces members and their families. Ultimately, the outcome of the Centre of Excellence will help front-line health care service providers better understand and treat mental health conditions specific to Veterans and help Veterans Affairs Canada build programs that work. The centre is truly virtual in that researchers from across the country can connect and collaborate allowing health care professionals from urban centres to remote areas access to the most up to date treatments and latest research.
The Royal is uniquely positioned to do this work as it is home to NATO's first research chair in military mental health as well as a Brain Imaging Centre that boasts state-of-the-art technology for conducting clinical trials. The Royal also has a strong foundation of caring for the mental health needs of Veterans and their families through the work of its Operational Stress Injury Clinic - the only one in Canada located within a mental health care and research facility.
"Our partnership with The Royal will allow us to deliver the best mental health treatments and supports for Canada's Veterans and their families. Because, at the end of the day, it's about helping Veterans and military members get better. And by investing in a Centre of Excellence on PTSD and other related mental health conditions, we will be able to do research specific to military mental health and educate health professionals across the country on best practices."
The Honourable Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence
"At The Royal we know that research is essential for measuring treatment effectiveness and advancing care for veterans. It's not only about building knowledge but also sharing that knowledge and equipping healthcare providers across the country with evidence-based treatments to meet the mental health needs of Veterans and their families. We look forward to drawing on our experience in treating Operational Stress Injuries as well as our expansive research capabilities to ensure that the Centre of Excellence in PTSD and other Related Mental Health Conditions helps Veterans attain the quality of life they deserve."
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal
"The strength of Canada's defence depends on our people. We are committed to ensuring the long-term mental wellbeing of our Canadian Armed Forces. The Centre of Excellence will play a key role in improving treatment outcomes and recovery of members and is an important pillar to support the people who protect Canada."
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
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