WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Blaney,
Minister of Veterans Affairs, today addressed delegates at the
Tri-National Military Mental Health Symposium, held at the Canadian
Embassy in Washington, D.C. Representatives from the United Kingdom,
the United States and Canada are discussing opportunities for
collaboration between public and private sectors to promote awareness
of military mental health issues and share research findings.
"Our Government is working hard to break down the walls surrounding the
topic of mental illness, and is working to ensure that Veterans with
military-related mental health issues and their families receive the
support they need when they need it," said Minister Blaney.
Veterans, men and women in uniform, government, businesses, foundations
and non-profit organizations from all three countries are represented
at the two-day symposium. Serving as a launching point for a
multi-national dialogue on how to address common and diverse military
mental health issues and challenges faced by all nations, the symposium
also includes a discussion around the stigma that surrounds mental
illness, particularly for the many men and women in uniform hesitant to
come forward for fear of being labeled or ridiculed.
"Our Government welcomes opportunities for nations to share their
experiences in providing mental health services and care to Veterans,"
said Minister Blaney. "We are eager to further develop research links
with international partners to share mental health research findings
and explore future promising research avenues."
The symposium is hosted by the True Patriot Love Foundation, a
citizen-led Canadian foundation that supports and honours members of
the Canadian Military and their families.
SOURCE: Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information:
Media Relations Advisor
Veterans Affairs Canada
Jean-Christophe de le Rue
Office of the Minister of Veterans Affairs