As we approach a Remembrance Day unlike any other, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) encourages everyone to honour the sacrifices of those who have served their country, and 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.
This year, as we mark the 75th anniversary of the armistice that ended Second World War, Remembrance Day holds special meaning for many. But it’s also unique for another reason. Under the cloud of COVID-19, many veterans may be facing increased social isolation and, in some cases, fewer mental health supports to help mitigate the impact of operational stress injuries, transitions to civilian life, and other mental health challenges unique to the veteran community.
That’s why it’s more important than ever to support the Royal Canadian Legion’s annual poppy campaign, which directs funds toward the mental and physical well-being of veterans. You can now get your poppy at the legion’s online store.
Just as ceremonies and poppy sales have gone virtual, so too have many mental health services. To help support veterans and their families, Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) has launched a phone service offering them round-the-clock access to a mental health professional by calling 1-800-268-7708 (learn more on the VAC website). Additional mental health resources for veterans can be found on the legion’s website. The federal government’s Wellness Together Canada portal is also available at no cost to anyone seeking mental health support.
Staying physically apart shouldn’t prevent us from standing in solidarity with those who defended our freedom.
President and CEO, Mental Health Commission of Canada
Mental Health Commission of Canada
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