Support and Crisis Resources

While we believe strongly in the results of our program, we recognize that there is no perfect solution for every person or situation. The resources listed on this page all offer free or specialized programs for former CF members, but are not endorsed or verified by us beyond checking that they are still active.

Crisis and Support Services

Health and Symptom Management

Family/Spousal Support

Support Groups

Healing Centres

Physical Wellness

Retreats

Resource Directories

Service Dogs

Equine Therapy

Employment

Other

Downloads

Mobile Apps

Hashtags

Please use your best judgment to verify that any health care professionals you engage have the specialized training to be appropriate for your situation.

Crisis and Support Services

For immediate crisis, call 9-1-1.

 
Member Assistance Program
 – 1-800-268-7708
Health Canada counselling/crisis line for CAF members, staffed by professional psychologists with specific training around suicide and military-related traumas.

1-855-373-8387
A volunteer-run peer support crisis/support line, staffed by CAF veterans.

Vets Emergency Transition Services
VETS Canada is committed to helping homeless and at-risk veterans reintegrate into civilian life.

Legacy Place Society
Assisting with nightly stays of Military and First Responders at 3 confidential crisis houses in Alberta during times of medical, marriage or safe respite for individuals or families in crisis.

  

Health and Symptom Management
 
In this directory of OSI clinics, each clinic provides assessment, treatment, prevention and support to serving CAF members, Veterans and RCMP members and former members.
Find a counselor in your area with the specialization you want.
VAC offers coverage for a variety of services ranging from physio to PTSD treatment, including family supports.
The Legion’s Service Officer Network helps in directing to numerous programs and services available for Veterans and their families. They can provide assistance in submitting claims to Veterans Affairs Canada.
The Function and Pain Program (FPP) treats and rehabilitates Veterans with complex chronic pain issues. This includes Veterans suffering from depression, PTSD, chronic pain and substance abuse.


Family/Spousal Support

Family Information Line – 1-800-866-4546
Confidential, bilingual 24/7 phone counselling and resources for CAF families.
“COPE” or “Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday” is a new and innovative program that uses the power of the “group” to learn how to manage PTSD in the home.

Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is responsible for administering Non-Public Property (NPP) on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff and for delivering selected public morale and welfare programs, services, and activities to eligible members and their families on behalf of the Chief of Military Personnel.


Support Groups


Directory
OSISS provides a national peer support network for Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans and their families experiencing an operational stress injury (OSI).
CMHA is a national charity that helps maintain and improve mental health for all Canadians.
Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services (CFMWS) is responsible for administering Non-Public Property (NPP) on behalf of the Chief of the Defence Staff and for delivering selected public morale and welfare programs, services, and activities to eligible members and their families on behalf of the Chief of Military Personnel.
The Joint Personnel Support Unit (JPSU) provides personal administrative support and programs to ill or injured CAF members of the Regular and Reserve Force who have a medical condition that precludes them from returning to their normal place of duty for a period of six months or more.
Veterans Affairs Canada and the Department of National Defence work together through the IPSCs to help Canadian Armed Forces personnel (Regular and Reserve), Veterans and their families.

Facebook Pages

Canadian Survivors of MST
Sponsored and supported by the United Federation of Canadian Veterans, this group is for men and women who have survived Military Sexual Trauma. Family of MST survivors are also encouraged to join. This closed group challenges and finds ways to support each other and advocate on behalf of MST survivors. To join this group please send an email to itsjust700@gmail.com and specify you would like to join the Canadian Survivors of MST Facebook group.
This page is designed for Female Soldiers and veterans from all countries. It is for support, advice and sharing experiences.
This is a group where spouses, family members & friends of our injured CF members can talk about challenges.

This group was created to assist medically releasing and released CF members through the process of release.

Resource Directories

Bilingual resources and information for French-speaking Veterans.

“It’s Just 700”
Peer support services & resource directory for Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivors.

 

Healing Centres

Trauma Healing Centers offers medical cannabis consultations to patients who have not found relief with traditional medication, and pairs the consultation with a multi-disciplinary approach to wellness.
 
Honour House Society is a refuge for Canadian Forces personnel, emergency services personnel and their families to stay, free of charge, while they are receiving medical care and treatment in the Metro Vancouver area.

Physical Wellness
  
Outward Bound Canada’s Veterans’ Program is designed to help Canadian military veterans face the challenges they often encounter post-deployment, through inspiring journeys of healing and self-discovery in the Canadian wilderness.
1.888.OUTWARD (688.9273), Ext 205, email: veterans@outwardbound.ca

Retreats

 
Sheepdog Lodge is a rustic log cabin retreat for Combat Veterans and First Responders to reconnect and recuperate.

Service Dogs

Citadel Canine Society is a non-profit Society incorporated in British Columbia that strives to make the lives of veterans and first responders better by reducing occupational stress through delivery of trained service dogs.
Courageous Companions is a registered charity which provides quality trained certified Service Dogs to Military Veterans and First Responders who suffer with physical and/or psychological operational injuries as a result of their service.
Wounded Warriors offer background, advice and guidance in consideration of service dogs.

Equine Therapy

Tranquil Acres is a therapeutic equestrian centre in the Ottawa region for people with varying social, emotional and mental health needs who want to experience the transformative powers of horses as teachers and healers.
Can Praxis is a therapeutic equestrian program designed for Veterans diagnosed with PTSD/OSI and their spouse/partner/family member.
Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) is a nonprofit association for professionals incorporating horses to address mental health and personal development needs. Their program supports the psychological health and family relationships of service members, veterans and their families.
 

Employment
 
The Canada Company Military Employment Transition (MET) Program is an initiative developed to assist Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) Members, Reservists and Veterans who are seeking to find jobs in the civilian workforce. The program serves as a bridge between the CAF and Canada Company’s “Military Friendly Employer Partners”.
 
The Legion Military Skills Conversion Program is designed to help accelerate and advance the civilian careers of former and current Reserve Force and Regular Force Canadian military members.
POE offers training, financing and mentoring needed to start and sustain a successful business for CF members and Veterans within 2 years of release.
Helmets to Hardhats offers apprenticeship opportunities for anyone who has served (or is currently serving and transitioning to a civilian career) in either the Regular or Reserve Force of the Canadian Forces.
Comissionaires Canada is the largest private employer of veterans in Canada, offering both employment and training in career growth opportunities.
Sean Smith is a Social media coach offering LinkedIn organization and online coaching for veterans establishing themselves in the business world. Contact through email (Sean@thatsocialmediaguy.com) or phone (1.250.203.4126)

Other

The Roméo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative (the Dallaire Initiative) is a global partnership based at Dalhousie University whos mission is to progressively eradicate the use and recruitment of child soldiers.

Downloads

Created by the Staff of the Non-Public Funds, Canadian Forces (“NPF”) and the Director General Personnel and Family Support Services (“DGPFSS”) to provide a harassment free workplace and supportive work environment.

Mobile Apps

The PTSD Coach Canada app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that can occur after trauma.
OSI Connect is a free mental health learning and self-management mobile app developed to help OSI patients and their families understand the nature of operational stress injuries (OSIs) and to provide help through the OSI Clinic Network across Canada.

Hashtags

#VTN
#OpHonour/ #OpHonneur
#MST