Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Learn what Canada is doing to address PTSD.
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A person who experiences or witnesses one or more traumatic events may develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD has specific psychological symptoms.
A traumatic event includes:
- major accident
- family violence
- natural disaster
PTSD can affect people of any age, culture or gender.
People with PTSD may experience major distress or find it hard to cope:
- at work or school
- in social or family life
How Canada is helping
PTSD impacts people, families, workplaces and communities.
Canada supports all those living with or impacted by PTSD. We passed the Federal Framework on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Act in June 2018. As a result, we are now working on the development of a federal framework on PTSD. The first step was a national conference held on April 9 and 10, 2019.
Leading this work are the:
- Public Health Agency of Canada
- Public Safety Canada
- Veterans Affairs Canada
- Department of National Defence
We are also working with stakeholders and key partners, including provinces and territories.
Other federal initiatives to support people living with PTSD include:
- an action plan on post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI) for public safety personnel
- community-based projects to improve the physical and mental health of people affected by family violence
- a national research consortium to improve the mental health and treatment of public safety personnel
- a Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Other Related Mental Health Conditions for information and resources on Veteran-specific mental health treatment
Mental health supports
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, you are not alone. Please visit the Mental health support: get help page for more information.
- Veterans Affairs – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and war-related stress
- National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces – Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Public Safety Canada – Post-traumatic stress injuries and support for public safety officers
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research – Government of Canada invests more than $11 million in research into post-traumatic stress injuries in public safety personnel
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