The most important thing to know is you are not alone. There are many ways you can get help.
- Talk to your doctor.
- Contact your local health authority services.
- Talk to your family and friends.
- Seek help through peer support.
- Learn about other VAC services.
Importance of seeking help
Like other Canadians, many Veterans put off seeking help for too long. Even relatively minor issues can be disabling when they are not recognized and treated. Help is available for those struggling with an OSI or any other type of mental health problem. The earlier you seek help, the sooner your recovery can begin.
Fear of negative attitudes toward mental illness often keeps people from seeking treatment. As a result, many people with mental health problems think they can handle it alone, or wrongly believe that treatment is either unavailable or will not be effective. For this reason, the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada have invested heavily in improving and promoting access to care for serving personnel and Veterans.
Would you prefer to talk to someone who is experienced and trained in offering peer support? Visit the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) website or call 1-800-883-6094.
Mental Health First Aid Canada
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) for the Veteran Community is a 2-day course tailored to address the needs of Veterans and the people who care for, and about, them. Find a course near you and learn more about the program.
10 ways to take care of yourself right now
- Do only what you need to do until you are feeling better and able to cope.
- Reduce your stress.
- Eat well.
- Get some sleep.
- Do some light exercise.
- Practice taking deep breaths.
- Think positive thoughts.
- Think about how you successfully coped with stress in the past.
- Try not to be alone.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol and non-prescriptions drugs.
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