Releasing members and Reservists wanted for study on transition to civilian life

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Are you a Regular Force member taking your release in the next six months or a Reservist with operational experience who will be releasing in the next six months?

Researchers from Université du Quebec en Outaouais (Gatineau), Mount Saint Vincent University (Halifax), and Queen’s University (Kingston) are looking for participants for a study on the mental health and wellbeing of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members and Veterans during military-to-civilian transition (MCT).

The process of leaving the military and becoming re-established in the civilian world can be challenging. We are interested in gaining a better understanding of the experiences of members during MCT, the impact of MCT on the mental health and well-being of military members and Veterans, and the benefits of existing supports and interventions.

This research is funded by Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) but carried out by an independent academic team. Your status as a participant will not be shared with anyone. You and specific details you share (like names, places, agencies, etc.) will not be identifiable in any publications or presentations resulting from this study.

The study will last two and a half years, over the course of which you will be asked to complete three separate interviews. Interviews can be done in person or by phone at a time that works for you. The first interview will take place 0 to 6 months prior to the end of your service with CAF, the second 6 to 9 months after your service ends, and the third 12 to 18 months after your service ends.

In the interviews, researchers will ask about your experience of transitioning out of the military, including about support services available to you. Our study will provide information to stakeholders like VAC, health care professional groups, and community service providers.

If you are interested in participating, or have any questions about the study, please contact any team member listed below:

Dr. Dave Blackburn: dave.blackburn@uqo.ca

Dr. Heidi Cramm: 613-533-6094; heidi.cramm@queensu.ca

Dr. Maya Eichler: maya.eichler@msvu.ca

The research submission titled “Study on Well-Being and Military to Civilian Transition” has been approved by the DND/CAF Social Science Research Review Board (SSRRB), in accordance with DAOD 5062-0 and 5062-1. The SSRRB approval # is 1659/17F.

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