Target: Canada Defence Minister Rob Nicholson
Goal: Praise decision to spend $200 million addressing mental health issues in the Canadian military
Canada’s federal government will produce $200 million over the next six years in support of mental health issues that have become prevalent in the Canadian Forces. An additional $16.7 million in funds will be presented to members of the Canadian Forces, veterans, and their families, according to the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Armed Forces. This will represent much-needed help to those suffering from mental health conditions.
Some of the money will go towards digitizing health records and developing brain imaging technology. Additional investments will include putting the money towards researching more efficient treatments and faster recoveries for those who serve in the Armed Forces and veterans with mental health conditions. More staff will be hired to provide information to not only members of the Armed Forces, but also their families so that they can help recognize the signs of mental duress.
Many current members of the Canadian Forces and veterans suffer from mental health conditions and do not have the resources available to deal with these conditions properly. The rate of suicide for veterans and those who serve is too high, with 128 members of the regular forces and 32 reservists committing suicide in the past decade, according the military’s statistics. By providing this funding to address mental health issues, we can lower this sad statistic and have more open and honest discussions about mental health. Please sign the petition below to thank Defence Minister Rob Nicholson for the decision to provide this funding.
Dear Defence Minister Rob Nicholson,
I would like to thank you for the decision to invest $200 million into addressing mental health issues in the Canadian Armed Forces. The stigma surrounding mental health issues is still prevalent in today’s society and we must make it easier for those who suffer from debilitating mental health issues to step forward and seek help. With this funding going towards better technology and easier access, we will hopefully see the rate of suicide in the military dramatically go down.
While money certainly helps, we must continue to create an open and inviting atmosphere for those who suffer so that they do not suffer in silence due to the stigma surrounding mental health issues. Those who serve in the Armed Forces are doing a great service for their country and we must not desert them when they need help. Please continue to address mental health conditions in the military and invest in the well-being of not only those currently serving, but veterans and their families as well.
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