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Good after noon all Capt Wayne Johnston here
Hi Wayne - thanks for joining us.
We're also joined by Chris Linford. Chris?
Before we get underway, Wayne - can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I can get things rolling with the following thought without finamncial health how can one work one mental health. By this I mean the New Vets charter has far reaching results. Facing certain unemployment troops need the security of athe trad monthly VAC pension
41 yrs in the CF facing a med release fdr Wounded Warriors Canada, past Repat Officer been in Cas Mgt since 06
There are reasonable resources that said geo dependant ie Petawawa is very busy
Fam Resource Centres Call in help lines OSSIS that said there is a real lack of trust with the troops
Good afternoon all, Mercedes here!
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STIGMA in a word I was asked to leave my res unit because I was so open on MH
Nicole - that is an important point. PTSD does not just affect the person who has returned home, it has an impact on the entire family.
Spouses can reach out to family resource centres again there is the Stigma issue also not wanting to out there loved one. We need a arms length system the troops and family trust
While i know this is Q and A can i post a thought to help families cope with this/
I can get things rolling with the following thought without finamncial health how can one work one mental health. By this I mean the New Vets charter has far reaching results. Facing certain unemployment troops need the security of athe trad monthly VAC pension. This allows one to rebuild family, life etc.
. As it is now a troop facing release only see dark days ahead. With a mo pension there is hope. A family can keep the wolf at the door. It worked for WWII vets it can work now
Stigma=hurt loss, of worth, isolation just to mention a few
I know some locations have social workers that can work with spouses, and some counselors ask the affected soldier if he/she would like their spouse to be present for some sessions.
Often spouses or parents are the first ones to notice changes that can be flags for PTSD, they are vital partners in getting help.
Actually in my mind the best way to treat stigms is replace the word with racisism. The diff being inner not outter. We no longer tolerate racism nor should we stigma.
Vicki, that is a challenge, as it is for reservists who melt back into civilian life.
Chris I get it we are not alone my question is are the people who make the decisions listening
@Wayne/Chris - Vicki has a good question