Resources for Veterans

Resources for Veterans

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Guides

Mental Health Caregiver Guide
The Mental Health Caregiver Guide was created to support caregivers of persons living with severe mental illness. The guide is based on information from trusted mental health providers including nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, caregivers, and individuals with lived experiences.The guide is divided into two main sections: Caring for YOU and caring for the Individual. It is further divided into child, youth, and older adult sections to reflect caring for individuals across the lifespan and the responsibilities associated with caregiving. The guide is intended to provide caregivers with helpful tips, tools, and information. 

Operational Stress Injury Resource for Caregivers
The term Operational Stress Injury (OSI) is used to describe any persistent psychological difficulty resulting from operational duties performed. This resource offers assistance to families and friends who are at different stages in their journey supporting a love one with an OSI.

Mobile Applications:

Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS) On the Go
Use FOCUS on the Go with your family to:
  • Play games that help kids understand feeling words, problem solving, and telling their story
  • Access resources and videos that highlight strategies that support military families 
  • Identify your family’s unique strengths with an included survey 

Mindshift
Struggling with anxiety? Tired of missing out? There are things you can do to stop anxiety and fear from controlling your life. MindShift™ is an app designed to help teens and young adults cope with anxiety. 
MindShift™ will help you learn how to relax, develop more helpful ways of thinking, and identify active steps that will help you take charge of your anxiety. This app includes strategies to deal with everyday anxiety, as well as specific tools to tackle:
  • Making Sleep Count
  • Riding Out Intense Emotions
  • Test Anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Social Anxiety
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Worry
  • Panic
  • Conflict
OSI Connect
OSI Connect is a free mental health learning and self-management mobile app developed to help OSI patients and their families understand the nature of operational stress injuries (OSIs) and to provide help through the OSI Clinic Network across Canada. The resources on OSI Connect address challenges including post-traumatic stress and triggers, depression, anger, sleep problems, substance abuse, stress management and more.
Developed by the Royal Ottawa OSI Clinic with the support of Veterans Affairs Canada, this app is compatible with Android devices. OSI Connect is a regularly updated, information rich, interactive mobile application. There are assessments, videos and clear information for Veterans and others with an OSI, including how to get an OSI clinic appointment

PTSD Coach Canada Application
The PTSD Coach Canada app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that can occur after trauma. Features include:
  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
  • Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms
  • Direct links to support and help
  • Always with you when you need it
Veterans Matter
Veterans Matter will help you find information about the services and benefits offered to Veterans, Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP members, and their families.
With this app, you can:
  • find an event or ceremony near you
  • explore the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and Find a Memorial (in Canada) applications
  • locate your nearest: Veterans Affairs Canada or Service Canada office, Integrated Personnel Support Centre, Bureau of Pension Advocates, or Operational Stress Injury (OSI) clinic
  • access the My VAC Account website 
  • locate the Veterans Affairs Canada office nearest you
  • find contact information for Veterans Affairs Canada
  • stay connected on social media with access to VAC’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube accounts