Canada’s federal government is giving $2.9 million for a program to help veterans struggling with mental health problems to find jobs. The money is going to the Mood Disorders Society of Canada to help provide vets with skills training and support they need to find work, according to an article in the Globe and Mail.
The program will provide services to vulnerable veterans suffering from such conditions as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or post-traumatic stress disorder. Participants will get employment placements or assistance to return to school.
The program will bring the federal government, mental health organizations, stakeholder groups, homeless shelters and local employers together to roll out 48 programs during a three-year period, in Calgary, Montreal and Toronto.
The department says this will complement existing programs designed to help veterans make the transition to civilian life. “Living with mental health issues can be extremely difficult, not only for those who have them, but also for their loved ones,” Hehr said in a statement.