Defence Team Mental Health Week – May 3-9

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About Mental Health Week 

Mental Health Week is a Canadian tradition where schools, communities, and workplaces come together to celebrate, protect, and promote mental health. This year’s theme is #GetReal about you how you feel. 

Every year since 1951, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has held Mental Health Week (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) in the first full week of May, with this year’s edition running from May 3-9. 

Mental Health and the Defence Team 

The pandemic has resulted in a high degree of uncertainty and disruption to our lives, and it is not unusual to feel a heightened degree of anxiety and worry about the potential impact on your mental health. 

As we continue to navigate through this uncertain time, Defence Team members can access a variety of resources and information to help maintain and improve  mental health and overall personal well-being. Remember, you’re not alone.

Information: Get Support

If you need urgent help, you can call the Employee Assistance Program Line at 1-800-268-7708. They are available to offer support 24/7.

For CAF members and their families, you can call the Member Assistance Program at 1-800-268-7708. If your family members are in need of support and resources, thy can reach out to the Family Information Line at 1-800-866-4546 24/7.

What’s happening across Defence for this year’s Mental Health Week

Defence Team Mental Health Co-Champions Vlog

Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Tune in to the CAF Facebook (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) and Instagram accounts (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) on May 4 for a special message from your Defence Team Mental Health Co-Champions, Deputy Minister Jody Thomas and Vice Chief of the Defence Staff LGen Mike Rouleau on the topic of getting real about your Mental Health and being honest with how you really feel.

Virtual Panel Discussion: Alcohol consumption and substance use during COVID-19

Wednesday, May 5: 1:30 to 3 pm (EST)

In collaboration with the Canada School of Public Service (CSPS), the Treasury Board’s Centre of Expertise on Mental Health in the Workplace is pleased to present a virtual panel discussion to celebrate Mental Health Week:

Register for the event here.

LifeSpeak Mental Health Marathon

Wednesday, May 5: 8:30 am to 6:00 pm (EST)

Join the movement to end stigma around mental health by participating in the LifeSpeak Mental Health Marathon. The program will bring leading mental health experts right to you to answer your questions for a full day in our popular Ask the Expert web chat format.

How to sign up:

Webinar: Let’s Get Real About Mental Health 

Thursday, May 6 (English) and Friday, May 7 (French)

Join the Total Health Programs team (EAP and Mental Health) on Mental Health week, for an informative webinar that will equip Defence Team members with information on how to access mental health support and services, identify available mental health educational tools and resources and how to recognize and challenge mental health stigma in the workplace.

English Session

Date: May 6, 2021  
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 EST | Speakers:  Alicia Cameron-Zouzoulas, EAP Policy Advisor from Employee Assistance Program (Accessible only on the National Defence network) & Lynsey Burton, Mental Health Policy Advisor from Mental Health & Well-Being (Accessible only on the National Defence network).

French Session

Date: May 7, 2021 
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 EST | Speakers: Audrey-Pier Diotte, EAP Coordinator, Employee Assistance Program (Accessible only on the National Defence network) & Rachelle Downton, Mental Health & Well-Being Advisor, Mental Health & Well-Being (Accessible only on the National Defence network).

To register: Please send an e-mail to

Location: Virtual (Zoom). A link to the virtual presentation will be provided to registered participants.

Ask the Experts - #GetReal about your Mental Health

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Join us on May 6 and have your mental health-related questions answered by experts Dr. Sowinski, Defence Scientist with DGMPRA, and LCol Andrea Tuka, Canadian Forces Health Services Chief of Psychiatry. The Ask the Experts session will take place on the CAF Facebook (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website) and Instagram accounts (You are now leaving the Government of Canada website).

During this time, you may also want to take advantage of free online courses offered by the CSPS to learn more about mental health and well-being, as well as psychological health and safety in the workplace.

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