Department of Veterans Affairs of Canada

08/13/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/13/2019 09:34

Minister of Veterans Affairs announces funding to help two Nova Scotia-based organizations advance Veterans’ mental health

Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund supports Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative and Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia for projects focussing on treatment and recovery.

August 13, 2019 - Dartmouth, NS - Veterans Affairs Canada

Today, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence announced funding from the Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund for the Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative and the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia.

The Canadian Women's Wellness Initiative is receiving funding to offer stress-reduction training to Veterans and their families. It will offer a transcendental meditation program to help Veterans and their families deal with toxic stress, occupational stress and post-traumatic stress. The organization was approved for $48,715 in 2019-20.

The Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia will use its funding to support Landing Strong, a 12-week day-treatment program helping Veterans and their families to address the mental, moral and physical aspects of injury. The funding will also support year-round workshops, Community Connection days and social media education and support initiatives. The organization was approved for $727,876 over 5 years, beginning in 2019-20.

The Government of Canada's Veteran and Family Well-Being Fund provides $3 million a year in grants and contributions to private, public or academic organizations for research, initiatives and projects that improve the well-being of Veterans and their families.