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Mental health and the power of words

– The following article was submitted by Paula Ramsay, a spouse of a serving Canadian Armed Forces member who has battled with an Operational Stress Injury. She is one of the co-founders of the Caregivers’ Brigade, and has completed the Social Service Worker program at Algonquin College. Ms. Ramsay was recently presented with a Liz Hoffman …

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Taking care of Primary Reservists

– A health and well-being assessment plan is now in place to better monitor the health care needs of the Primary Reserve Force. Without Primary reservists receiving regular health assessments, the CAF cannot guarantee they are fit to train, to participate in exercises, to be employed, or to be ready to respond to domestic emergencies, such …

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Peer support work “really hits home” for Petawawa soldiers

– Petawawa, Ontario The soldiers behind a peer support program at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa in Ontario say the program has helped them as much as it has their comrades. Sergeant Graham Ridley and Corporal Saxon Murray, both members of 2 Combat Engineer Regiment (2 CER), bring their own experiences with operational stress injury …

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Mental Health -Talking about Addiction…

– This is the last in the series of articles on addiction, and discusses the system in place to support Canadian Armed Forces members dealing with addiction issues. When a CAF member has an addiction issue, in most situations addiction and Medical Employment Limitations (MELs) will be appropriate. After all, MELs exist to protect the member …

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Talking about Suicide: Watch for signs

– Though Mental Illness Awareness Week has ended we still need to be vigilant of the signs as on any given day, 11 people in Canada will die by suicide. Defence Team members are not immune to this issue. One of the most powerful ways we can assist a person considering suicide is by intervening, and …

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22 push ups from RMCC

– Royal Military College of Canada held a campus-wide 22 Push-up Challenge on the parade square September 9. The social media movement was originally designed to bring awareness to the average number of 22 American veterans who commit suicide every day, and to get people to think about mental health amongst international veterans, first responders and …

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Genetic sequencing could help diagnose PTSD

– Defence research scientists are developing a study on how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) may be linked to certain genes, which may help with diagnosis and treatment. Every person has a particular set of genes that act like recipes for a variety of traits. Some human genes are different depending on the person. These are the …

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2016 Addictions Awareness Campaign: Know where to draw the line 12 -26 Nov

–   This year’s Addictions Awareness Campaign, which takes place from November 12 to 26, focuses on being aware of the choices we make that can keep us safe and healthy. The goal of the campaign is to promote an addiction-free lifestyle for the entire CAF community by providing information, resources, and activities. Objectives of this …

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What to do when you don’t feel mentally healthy

– “Hello…How are you?” is a familiar greeting and we usually don’t put much thought into the response. Our reply is usually, “Fine, how are you?”  But what happens when you are not fine? What happens when you are feeling blue, edgy, or even having thoughts of suicide? How do you tell someone you are not …

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