OTTAWA, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of
Veterans Affairs and Minister for La Francophonie, today announced that
Veterans Affairs Canada is enhancing its partnership with the Veterans
Transition Program to provide the Veterans participating in the program
with the opportunity to be the first to test the new PTSD Coach Canada
mobile application before it is made widely available later this year.
"The mental health and well-being of Veterans and their families are of
paramount importance for our Government. We know that the use of mobile
technology continues to grow in the health domain. PTSD Coach Canada
uses this medium to deliver needed assistance to those with PTSD," said
Minister Blaney. "This mobile application complements the work of
mental health providers. It does not and cannot replace them. They
remain essential for the assessment and treatment of PTSD."
PTSD Coach Canada is a mobile app that can assist Canadian Veterans, and
our men and women in uniform, with symptoms of post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD), as well as their families. It is an informational and
self-care tool that can provide assistance to individuals with the
management of PTSD symptoms.
Today's partnership announcement adds to Minister Blaney's fall 2012
announcement which launched the Veterans Transition Action Plan, a plan
which included new support of up to $600,000 over four years for
Veterans to participate in the ground-breaking Veterans Transition
Program. The program provides group-based support to Veterans across
the country. Veterans participating in the program in Ottawa will be
receiving the PTSD Coach Canada app so they can have an opportunity to
test it out. The Veterans Transition Action Plan also includes a full
suite of tools and services to assists Veterans and their families with
the transition from military to civilian life.
"When I returned from Afghanistan, I had no idea what PTSD was, so
knowing there is now a tool that can assist Veterans in learning about
and coping with PTSD is reaffirming," said Tim Laidler, Executive
Director of the Veterans Transition Network, the non-profit
organization developed at UBC to administer the Veterans Transition
Program. "As Canada continues to adapt to the needs of the latest
generation of Veterans, innovations like the PTSD coach are great
additions to the help available in managing PTSD."
"This app announced by Minister Blaney is a great step forward in
promoting PTSD awareness and offers anonymity to Soldiers and Veterans
who wouldn't come forward otherwise with their symptoms," said Chris
Dupee, founder of the Military Minds Association. "Soldiers and
Veterans will be able to benefit from the coaching aspect of the app
and Military Minds looks forward to its release later this year."
"Our partnership with the Veterans Transition Program is another way the
Department can help meet the needs of Veterans with an operational
stress injury and their families," said Minister Blaney. "We are
pleased to offer the Veterans Transition Program the first glimpse of
this new, cutting-edge tool."
PTSD Coach Canada was developed by Veterans Affairs Canada. The mobile
app will be made available later this year through iTunes and the
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Dace Marsh PR/Media Coordinator
Veterans Transition Network
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs