Issues related to mental health can leave military families unsure of where to turn. Military Family Services (MFS) is providing a good starting place for information and support with its newest resource: a webpage listing the top 10 online mental health resources for Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) families.
Whether you’re looking for information for kids, youth, or adults, the links included on this list may help. MFS has pulled together resources recommended by our clinical partners in mental health, and listed them in an easy to use format with direct links. Some links are military-family centric; others provide information for the general public. We’ve also tried to balance resources that are designed to provide information and clarification, and resources that provide more interactive methods of support.
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Canada’s largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues. Their website includes various links, such as, popular issues and topics, new research, how to get help, information for families, local events and so on.
Canadian Forces Member Assistance Program
Bereavement Services is a 24-hour, 1-800 bilingual telephone service, available 365 days a year to a parent, a spouse, children and step children, a fiancé(e), and any other person of significance to CAF personnel who died while serving.
Family Information Line
Military Family Services’ FIL counsellors provide supportive counselling seven days a week, 24 hours a day. By calling the FIL, you will be connected to friendly, experienced professionals who are well-versed on CAF communities and services.
A Family Guide to the Military Experience
Prepared by Military Family Services this guide provides you with a general overview of the resources you need to plan and prepare for the military family lifestyle.
Get Help With Drug Abuse
Are you struggling with drug use? Is someone you care about having a problem? Help is available, whether you need it for yourself, a friend or a family member. Many resources are available to answer your questions, offer advice or give hands-on help.
Getting Help: When and How
This page was created by the Canadian Mental Health Association to help people who are feeling overwhelmed due to a mental health illness, an accident or an emotional crisis.
Kids Help Phone
Canada’s only toll-free, 24-hour, bilingual and anonymous phone counselling, referral and Internet service for children and youth. Every day, professional counsellors provide immediate, caring support to young people in urban and rural communities across the country.
Mental Health and High School
Contains three separate entrances for students; teachers and school staff; and parent. The purpose of the website is to explore issues related to being a teen experiencing mental health problems and mental illness, as well as, to provide tools for teachers, counselors and parents.
Mental Health – Veterans Affairs Canada
Site provides information about the mental health services and benefits provided for “Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members, RCMP members, and the families of those living with a mental health condition.”
Mental Illness in the Family
An explanation of various aspects of mental illness and the effects on the family.
My Life – It’s Cool to Talk about it!
Contains information for educators, parents and students. The site provides tools to help high school students understand stress and its effects, the importance of maintaining their mental health, links to mental health information sites and an online quiz that allows teenagers to anonymously find out if they are ‘Feeling good about yourself or not?’
Prevention in Hand
The College of Family Physicians of Canada in partnership with the Public Health Agency of Canada health care resource for health professionals and the public to easily access current and accurate information about the prevention of chronic diseases.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Association
For those experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and for their support system of family, friends and fellow workers.
Road to Mental Readiness
R2MR is mental health resilience education and training designed and offered by the CAF for CAF members and their families. Designed by the CAF, the overall objective of R2MR is to improve mental health outcomes of military members and families by preparing you pre-deployment, and supporting you post-deployment.
Returning From the War Zone: A Guide for Families of Military Members
All of the information in the Guide for Military Personnel, plus more information specific to a variety of family members. While referral information relevant only to US Military, much of general information may be useful to CAF Members and their families.
Tips for Mental Health – Canadian Mental Health Association
Information and guidance to improve your mental health.
How to Identify the Early Signs of Mental Health Issues in Adults – Detox Rehabs
Learn about the early signs of mental health issues. Identifying mental health at early stages can help provide early intervention and potentially decrease the severity of a mental illness. In some cases, it may be possible to delay or prevent a major mental illness altogether.