Mental Health

What is mental health?

Mental health means striking a balance in all aspects of your life: social, physical, spiritual, economic and mental. At times, the balance may be tipped too much in one direction and you have to find your footing again. Everyone’s personal balance is unique and the challenge is to stay mentally healthy by keeping the right balance.

What is mental illness?

Mental illness is the term used to refer to a variety of mental disorders that can be diagnosed. Mental disorders are health conditions that are characterized by changes in thinking, mood or behaviour (or some combination thereof) associated with distress and/or impaired functioning.

What is an operational stress injury (OSI)?

An operational stress injury (OSI) is any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from work-related duties performed while serving in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

The term OSI is not a medical or legal term, but rather an informal term that refers to a broad array of mental health issues including:

  • Diagnosed medical conditions such as anxiety disorders, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Other conditions that may be less severe, but still interfere with daily functioning

You’re Not Alone: Canadian Armed Forces members have access to a range of programs while serving in the Forces, including exceptional medical and mental health care, support for families, and comprehensive reintegration and return-to-work programs for those who are ill and injured.

Veteran’s Affairs- Mental Health

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