COVID-19 Information For Veterans And Their Families

Introduction

The COVID-19 crisis is affecting all Canadians. Many Veterans are doing essential work on the front lines. However, whether you are on the front lines or not, you need and deserve the best support for your mental and physical health.

The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) has led the ‘COVID-19 Readiness Resource Project’, with the support of the Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This project provides accurate, reliable, up-to-date and credible COVID-19 information and resources for public safety personnel, including first responders. If you are a first responder, please visit the COVID-19 Readiness Resource Project webpage. The Centre of Excellence on PTSD has adapted this information to serve the needs of Veterans and their families.

This information provides practical guidance and advice on how to control the spread of the virus, have conversations with children and family members about the pandemic, protect your mental health, and much more. The information presented here is based on the latest scientific insights from the Government of Canada as well as experiential knowledge and academic sources.

Visit the Acknowledgments page to learn more about the team of contributors who have compiled and created this information and resources.

If you have questions or suggestions about COVID-19 related information, resources, or topics you’d like to see addressed by the Centre of Excellence on PTSD, please contact us at: .

Acknowledgments

We acknowledge the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) for bringing together a team of researchers, clinicians, and public safety personnel to compile and create COVID-19 related information and resources. We thank CIPSRT for enabling the Centre of Excellence on PTSD to adapt the information to best serve the needs of Veterans and their families.

List of Contributors from the Acknowledgment page on the CIPSRT website.

Reach out for support

While the resources in this collection can help you manage stress, they are not intended to replace healthcare services. If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency department.

Other resources include:

  • Crisis Services Canada
    Crisis Services for All Canadians
    Call 1-833-456-4566 (available 24/7)
    Text 45645 (available 4 p.m. to midnight, EST
    Local Resources and Supports (by region)
  • Veteran Affairs Canada and Canadian Forces
    Member Assistance Program and Assistance Services for Families
    Call 1-800-268-7708 | TDD/TTY 1-800-567-5803 (available 24/7)
  • Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
    Family Information Line
    Call 1-800-866-4546 (available 24/7)
  • The Royal Canadian Legion
    Help for Veterans Experiencing Homelessness
    Call 1-877-534-4666
  • Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, powered by Kids Help Phone
    Crisis Text Line for Kids
    Text CAFKIDS to 686868 (available 24/7)
  • VETS Canada
    Veteran Emergency Transition Services
    Call 1-888-228-3871
  • Veteran Affairs Canada
    Financial Crisis or Emergency
    Call 1-866-522-2122 | TDD/TTY 1-833-921-0071 (Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30, local time)
  • Support Our Troops
    Emergency Financial Assistance
    Call 1-877-445-6444

Medavie Blue Cross
If you qualify for the Treatment Benefits program from Veteran Affairs Canada, find a registered mental health care provider near you. A registered provider can bill Veteran Affairs Canada directly, so you do not need to pay out of pocket.

Operational Stress Injury Clinics
Operational Stress Injury clinics provide assessment, treatment, prevention and support to serving Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, and RCMP members and former members.

Canadian Psychological Association
Find a psychologist near you.

VETS Canada Community Outreach Centres
Community outreach centres in Edmonton, Ottawa and Dartmouth are a safe place to find support, conversation, and a community of others who care and understand.

MissionVAV
MissionVAV is a web-based health promotion program designed to improve the wellbeing of Canadian Veterans and their families.

Veteran Transition Network Support Program
The program is co-led by psychologists and counsellors who’ve received specialized training in military issues, and graduates who are Veterans themselves. The program aims to support Veterans as they transition to the civilian world.

Royal Canadian Legion
Founded by Veterans and for Veterans, the Legion supports Veterans, including serving military and RCMP members and their families.

Wellness Together
Wellness Together allows you to choose from a variety of free resources to motivate and support your wellness journey.

Other resources to support mental health during COVID-19