National study on mental health in the military: Majority of troops avoid couch talk

    First Canadian investigation on mental health among armed forces and
    barriers to help

    MONTREAL, Feb. 13 /CNW Telbec/ - Mental disorders ranging from depression
to alcoholism need to be de-stigmatized among military personnel to encourage
troops to seek support when needed, according to a national investigation
published in the February edition of the research journal, Medical Care. The
study was nationally representative, since 8,441 Canadian soldiers were
surveyed from a total of about 57,000 full time military and
24,000 reservists.
    As the first national epidemiological survey to examine the mental health
of active military over a 12-month period, the study was completed by
researchers from the Douglas Mental Health University Institute affiliated
with McGill University, the Université de Montréal, Dalhousie University and
the University of Prince Edward Island. The team used data compiled by
Statistics Canada, based on a questionnaire designed by the Canadian
Department of Defence.
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For further information: Sylvain-Jacques Desjardins, International press
attaché, Université de Montréal, (514) 343-7593,

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