Dear Stakeholders and Advisory Group members,
Stakeholder Engagement and Outreach would like to share the following
news release amongst our network. It has been posted to the Veterans
Affairs Canada Website; however we encourage you to pass this message
along to anyone of interest.
News Release – Veterans Affairs Canada expands access to mental
health services in Kingston
April 5, 2018 – Kingston, Ontario – Veterans Affairs Canada
When a Veteran is struggling with their mental health, and they find
the courage to talk about it and seek help, timely access to mental
health services can make the difference. The Government of Canada is
committed to ensuring Veterans and their families have the mental health
services they need when and where they need it.
Today, the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs
and Associate Minister of National Defence, joined George Weber,
President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa Health Care Group (The Royal), for
the opening of The Royal’s newest Operational Stress Injury (OSI)
Clinic service site in Kingston, Ontario.
Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada and operated in partnership with The
Royal, the new service site will address the increased demand for OSI
Clinic services in the greater Kingston area.
"We have come so far in our understanding and treatment of mental
health for Canada's serving members and Veterans. What is equally as
important is making sure that those supports are available where and
when our Veterans need them. By opening this new clinic in Kingston, we
are better able to provide the specialized treatments and supports, as
well as educational programs and therapy, for Veterans and their
The Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Veterans Affairs and
Associate Minister of National Defence
“Veterans struggling with their mental health shouldn’t have to
look far to find help. The skilled and caring staff at The Royal are
experts in providing support and treatment for operational stress
injuries. By expanding these services to Kingston, we hope to help even
more Veterans and their families begin to heal.”
George Weber, President and CEO of The Royal Ottawa
· An operational stress injury is any persistent psychological
difficulty resulting from operational duties performed while serving in
the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) or as a member of the RCMP.
· There are 11 OSI clinics across Canada. These include two
operational stress injury clinics at Ste. Anne’s Hospital in
Montreal— one residential and one outpatient—as well as
operational stress injury clinics in London, Quebec City, Winnipeg,
Calgary, Fredericton, Vancouver, Edmonton, Ottawa, and Dartmouth.
Additional satellite clinic sites, such as in Kingston, provide services
closer to locations where Veterans live.
· Through the VAC Assistance Service, Veterans can reach a
professional counsellor at any time—24 hours a day, 365 days a
year—by calling 1-800-268-7708.
Network of OSI Clinics
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