Suicide prevention is a major public health priority for the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA). It is of vital importance to us that the mental health needs of members serving in the Canadian Armed Forces and our many Veterans are supported. CMHA is pleased to support the important work done by the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) in putting forward a joint suicide prevention strategy. An alignment between these two ministerial bodies is significant because together they can ensure that members of our armed forces and Veterans are supported before thoughts of suicide.
CMHA is a proud member of the mental health Advisory Committee to the Minister of Veteran’s Affairs, where we play a key role in assisting Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) to fulfill its mental health mandate.