Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

April 23, 2008 13:38 ET

Government of Canada Announces New Operational Stress Injury Clinic for Edmonton

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - April 23, 2008) - The Honourable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs, announced today the establishment of a specialized clinic in Edmonton dedicated to the treatment and support of service men and women living with operational stress injuries such as post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or addiction.

"The Government of Canada is committed to those Canadians who have served this country, which is why we are investing in this new Edmonton clinic to ensure local quality services can be provided," said Minister Thompson. "Our government has been building our network of operational stress injury clinics across the country since 2006, to better serve these important Canadians and their families living with mental health conditions."

The Edmonton clinic is a joint initiative funded by the Government of Canada and operated by Capital Health. The clinic will cost approximately $1,200,000 to establish and will have an annual operating budget of $2,072,674. The clinic will have the capacity to treat between 100 and 150 clients a year.

Veterans Affairs Canada signed this agreement to operate an operational stress injury clinic in partnership with Edmonton Area Capital Health.

Louise Bradley, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Capital Health's Regional Mental Health Program, joined Minister Thompson in announcing the opening of the clinic. "We welcome this opportunity to contribute our expertise and to work with Veterans and their families. This collaboration between the federal government and Capital Health will be key in our ability to provide integrated, multifaceted mental health care to those who have served our country."

The Edmonton clinic will provide specialized mental health services to Veterans, Canadian Forces members and eligible RCMP members, and their families, living with service-related operational stress injuries. In addition to standardized assessment, treatment, prevention and support services offered through the clinic, educational programs and individual, group, and family counseling services will be available to clients. This clinic will be part of an integrated network with National Defence's Operational Trauma Stress and Support Centres-a key part of mental health services for Canadian Forces members and Veterans.

Veterans Affairs Canada also recently partnered with the Alberta Mental Health Board on a Telemental Health project to provide much needed support to clients in rural areas. This pilot project ensures these clients will be able to access quality mental health services not normally available in their communities.

In 2006, Veterans Affairs Canada implemented the New Veterans Charter, a suite of programs designed to support and encourage successful transition to civilian life for releasing members of the Canadian Forces. An important part of the New Veterans Charter is the Mental Health Strategy which includes the clinic network, Ste. Anne's Hospital's National Centre for Operational Stress Injuries, peer support through the Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) program, and research in the field of mental health.

It is anticipated that the Edmonton clinic will be ready to open its doors to clients by December 2008.

Contact Information

  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Capital Health
    Lisa Pashniak
    Senior Public Affairs Officer
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Richard Roik
    Director of Communications