Veterans Affairs Canada

Veterans Affairs Canada

March 24, 2010 10:32 ET

Minister Blackburn Opens a New Clinic Dedicated to the Treatment of Operational Stress

­­­­­­­­­SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 24, 2010) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Minister of State (Agriculture), today at Ste. Anne's Hospital, officially opened Canada's first clinic dedicated to the treatment in a residential therapeutic setting of Veterans and service men and women living with complex operational stress injuries.

"With this unique clinic for those affected by post-traumatic stress and other disorders, our government is ensuring that the fullest range of care is available to our nation's valiant heroes," said Minister Blackburn. "Offering in-patient treatment in a designated clinic is a great advancement in helping those brave service men and women concentrate full time on getting well. This is another example of this government's ongoing commitment to stand up for our Veterans."

Located at Ste. Anne's Hospital near Montréal, the Residential Treatment Clinic for Operational Stress Injuries is administered by Veterans Affairs Canada. It will accommodate up to ten patients at a time for stays of up to eight weeks.

The clinic's unique treatment approach, developed by the National Centre for Operational Stress Injuries, meets the specific needs of Canadian Veterans, as well as members of the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. A team of professionals—including a doctor, a psychiatrist, a social worker, nurses, psychologists, an occupational therapist, an addictions counsellor and other professionals and stakeholders—works closely with each client. The treatment program includes group and individual therapy, creative expression, dealing with concurrent disorders, communicating with family members, aftercare planning and a focus on healthy approaches to daily life.

The new Residential Treatment Clinic is the last of five new operational stress injury clinics funded by the Government of Canada in Budget 2007. Veterans Affairs Canada has a national network of ten operational stress injury clinics which complements the five operational trauma and stress support centres operated by the Department of National Defence.

In 2006, Veterans Affairs Canada implemented the New Veterans Charter, a range of programs and services designed to better address the needs of today's Veterans, including those with operational stress injuries. The Charter complements Veterans Affairs Canada's 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 program and research in the field of mental health.

For more information, including a backgrounder on the Residential Treatment Clinic for Operational Stress Injuries, please visit

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  • Veterans Affairs Canada
    Janice Summerby
    Media Relations Advisor
    Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs
    Sophie Doucet
    Press Secretary
    Cell: 613-608-3252