Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 24, 2009 13:59 ET

Media Advisory: Chief of the Defence Staff to Launch Canadian Forces Mental Health Awareness Campaign

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - Media representatives are invited to attend the launch of the Canadian Forces (CF) Mental Health Awareness Campaign, occurring June 25, at National Defence Headquarters.

This internal awareness campaign is part of the CF's long-term commitment to expanding and enriching programs aimed at preventing, identifying and treating mental health issues.

General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of the Defence Staff, will speak on the campaign's theme of "Be the Difference," which communicates the idea that all personnel can make a difference to those affected by mental health issues. Additionally, currently serving CF personnel will share their experiences with mental health issues, including what was helpful to them.

Where: National Defence Headquarters' concourse, 101 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa

Date: June 25, 2009

Time: 12:45 p.m. for a 1:45 p.m. start

Note to editors: Media are requested to confirm their attendance by calling our Media Liaison Office no later than 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 25, at 613-996-2353/1-866-377-0811, or by contacting Linda Coleman at 613-992-4452 or by e-mail at the following address:

Accredited media representatives are required to arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. in order to allow sufficient time for pre-brief and set-up. People arriving after the designated time will not be accommodated. For access, please clear through the security checkpoint off Nicholas Street and enter the building through the media entrance beside the parking lot. A public affairs representative will be there to escort media. Parking will not be available on site. Due to technical reasons, live coverage of the event will not be possible.

Contact Information

  • Information: 613-996-2353/1-866-377-0811
    After hours: 613-792-2973