This week marked the 29th Annual Suicide Prevent Week from February 3 to February 9.
A 2017 study found that male and female Veterans have a 36% and 81% higher risk of dying by suicide compared to the Canadian general population. The Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada have come together to establish the Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy to help prevent suicide in the Canadian Forces.
In 2018, the Quebec Veterans Foundation donated $90,000 in support of initiatives whose mission is to help veterans suffering from PTSD and other traumas related to operational stress, as well as homelessness and unemployment. To find out more about the activities support by the foundation, visit our activities page: http://deretourenforce.ca/en/initiatives/.
Learn more about resources available to veterans at https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/services/health/mental-health.
Learn more about the Joint Suicide Prevention Strategy at https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/corporate/reports-publications/caf-vac-joint-suicide-prevention-strategy.html
For more information about the Quebec Association for Suicide Prevention and resources available, visit their website at https://www.aqps.info/.