OTTAWA, Sept. 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Psychological Association is
pleased by today's announcement that the Government of Canada will
invest an additional 11.4 million to enhance the Canadian Forces'
mental health system by hiring over fifty new mental health
practitioners which includes thirteen or more psychologists.
The recruitment and retention of psychologists to work within federal
departments has been a pressing issue. In May 2012, the Ottawa Citizen
released an internal report stating that the mental health treatment
system in the military is in crisis with soldiers waiting four months
before a psychologist is available to treat them. After the release of
this report, General Natynczyk made a public appeal for psychologists
to come to the Canadian Forces to improve the mental health care
provided to soldiers.
In response to this call to action, the Canadian Psychological
Association held a productive meeting with the department about
recruitment and retention issues and recommended a number of workable
solutions that include putting psychologists in uniform and creating a
residency training program.
"We are very glad to hear Minister MacKay's statements today that the
Government of Canada reaffirms its commitment to the mental health care
of our men and women in uniform. We look forward to learning more
about the Minister's announcement and to helping government meet the
mental health needs of the members of the Canadian Forces." said Dr.
Karen Cohen, Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Psychological
"Canada's governments must do everything they can to ensure that men and
women in uniform and veterans can access the psychological care they
need. Psychological treatments are among the most effective for the
kinds of mental health problems, like depression and post-traumatic
stress, experienced by soldiers and veterans."
The Canadian Psychological Association is the national association for
the science, practice and education of psychology in Canada. With over
6600 members and affiliates, CPA is Canada's largest professional
association for psychology.
SOURCE: CANADIAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
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