OTTAWA, May 2, 2016 /CNW/ - The Honourable Kent Hehr, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence, and the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, today issued the following statement in recognition of Mental Health Week:
"This week, May 2 to 8, we mark the 65th anniversary of Mental Health Week in Canada – an annual national event that offers practical ways to maintain and improve mental health and encourages all Canadians to learn, reflect and engage with others on all issues relating to mental health. We applaud the Canadian Mental Health Association for its work in raising awareness and support for mental health initiatives.
"The reputation of our Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans precedes them. As Canadians, we are proud of our brave men and women in arms and their demonstration of exemplary service to our country. This service can come with unique physical and mental challenges. That is why we have to emphasize the importance of mental health, just as much as we do physical health and fitness.
"Canadian Armed Forces personnel, Veterans, and their families can access free, confidential counselling, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, at the Member Assistance Program by calling 1-800-268-7708 or TDD 1-800-567-5803.
"This week, we encourage Veterans and CAF members to take stock of their well-being, and take the right steps to optimize their mental health."
SOURCE Veterans Affairs Canada
For further information: Media Relations, Veterans Affairs Canada, 613-992-7468