Military Life & Social Integration

The integration into a new community after a military relocation is not always an easy step. The process of moving your family, meeting new people, and getting settled takes time, patience, resilience and a positive attitude. 

Social integration is the ability to create links with the community. In the context of military life, social isolation may affect both spouses and children. However, we must not minimize the impact that isolation may have on single military (Regular and Reserve) members.

Factors that may contribute to the isolation of families and/or individuals are numerous and diverse.  Frequent relocations across the country may result in loss of social network and adapting to the new community may be challenging. Learning a new language, looking for a new job, deployment of a spouse, domestic violence, alcoholism and addiction are all factors that create barriers to social integration. 

The consequences of social isolation are numerous. Isolation can lead to all sorts of difficulties such as stress, psychological distress, suicidal thoughts, depression etc. At the family level, isolation can lead to marital conflict, substance abuse, and affect the relationships between the members of the family.

Social integration through the MFRC can help you break through the isolation with many programs that aim to improve the health and well-being of military families. It is the participation of people in the community through volunteering and participating in events and workshops that can promote social inclusion of individuals and families. We offer a number of programs and services that support the development of children, youth and parents, prevention, support and intervention programs, family separation and reunion services, and personal development and community volunteering. (Directorate of Military Family Services: 2004)

We strongly encourage you to give us your suggestions for ideas, projects, workshops or activities that could serve you better and help you to enhance the well-being of the military community.

You can contact us with any questions or concerns, feedback or suggestions by emailing info@trentonmfrc.ca or calling reception at (613) 965-3575.