Minister Sajjan and Minister MacAulay mark Mental Health Week


May 6, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement in recognition of Mental Health Week:

“This week, we mark the 68th annual Mental Health Week in Canada – a national campaign that offers practical ways to maintain and improve mental health. This year’s theme is #GetLoud, which presents an opportunity to encourage all Canadians to learn, reflect, and connect with others on issues relating to mental health. We applaud the Canadian Mental Health Association for its work in raising awareness and support for mental health initiatives.

“It is also important to recognize our Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans and the unique physical and mental challenges that come with the important work they do and have done. As Canadians, we are proud of our brave women and men in uniform and their exemplary service to our country.

“Through programs at our Military Family Resource Centres, our 24/7 member assistance line, the Employee Assistance Program, and many others, we are helping to support our Veterans, our Defence Team members, and their families. If you need support, please reach out for free, confidential counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-268-7708 or TDD 1-800-567-5803.

“Stress, demanding schedules, and difficult life events can put pressure on our mental health. But remember, it’s never too late or too early to start taking care of our mental health.

“It’s time to #GetLoud about mental health.”

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Associated Links

Canadian Armed Forces Mental Health Services

Road to Mental Readiness

Strengthening the Forces: The CAF's Health Promotion Program

Canadian Forces Morale & Welfare Services

Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program

Canadian Mental Health Association

VAC Mental Health and Wellness

VAC Transition: Every path is different


Todd Lane
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of National Defence
Phone: 613-996-3100

John Embury
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence

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