Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Related Mental Health Conditions

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About The Centre

The Centre of Excellence on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Related Mental Health Conditions builds strong community networks to create the best possible supports and services for Veterans, first responders, and their families.

We bring people together, take what we all know about PTSD and mental health conditions and how to treat them, widely share that information, and ensure our collective knowledge is reflected in the work we do.

What We Do

Our work focuses on a cycle of knowledge, practice, and policy, built upon a foundation of collective action. Our partnerships with Veterans and their families, service providers, and researchers take a Veteran-centred approach to respect the power and wisdom of lived and living experience.

KNOWLEDGE: The Centre gathers and generates knowledge on military and Veteran mental health by conducting and facilitating applied research in PTSD and related mental health conditions.

KNOWLEDGE + PRACTICE: The Centre brings together partners and transforms knowledge into training and resources to ensure Veterans and their families are receiving the best possible supports and services. 

KNOWLEDGE + PRACTICE + POLICY: The Centre co-creates and shares standards for emerging and best practices with policy makers, mental health professionals, the Veteran Affairs Canada network of Operational Stress Injury Clinics, and Canadian Forces Health Services. 

Our work is only as strong as our network, which helps guide and co-create what we do.

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A Network of Networks

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The Centre functions as a “Network of Networks” made up of an advisory council, community-based reference groups, and communities of practice where lived experience is valued as much as technical expertise. 

The Centre’s Advisory Council directly advises on our knowledge, practice, and policy work. 

This Council is populated with representatives from four community-based reference groups: Veterans, families, service providers, researchers.

These reference groups are built from communities of practice, leaders in the field of mental health. 

Our common purpose is to improve the wellbeing of Canadian Veterans and their families.

The Centre is located at The Royal  

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The Centre is funded by Veterans Affairs Canada 

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