2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice that ended the First World War. Since 1919, we have taken the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to remember those who have served their country, in times of conflict and in peace.
Just as important as honouring the past, remembrance is a time to acknowledge and recognise those who serve today, living among us and doing a job unlike any other. It is also an opportunity to recognise those who stand behind the uniform – who willingly support and encourage their service member or Veteran. We must not forget the wider service family, loved ones and caregivers whose heroism is no less valorous for being unsung.
Veterans’ week, which culminates on Remembrance Day, can be a difficult time of the year. Some service members and veterans continue to live with the psychological impact of their service and strive to overcome mental health challenges. At the Mental Health Commission of Canada, we are committed to providing effective, evidence-based tools and resources to support them in this mission. We’re also committed to supporting service and Veteran families and caregivers in their roles.
Take the time this Veterans’ week to participate in an act of remembrance and to honour the sacrifices of those who have served and continue to serve their country. Don’t forget to acknowledge those who stand proudly behind them. If you know a service member, Veteran or caregiver who may need a helping hand encourage them to step forward to get the supports they deserve. If you are part of the Veteran community, we encourage you to enrol in the Mental Health First Aid course designed specifically for your needs. Learn more here.
President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental Health Commission of Canada, Media Relations
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