What is PTSD?
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that can affect anyone who has experienced or witnessed a traumatic event, and is characterized by symptoms such as intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, avoidance and hypervigilance. It can have a significant impact on an individual’s daily life, including one’s relationships, and overall well-being.
In New Brunswick, as in other parts of Canada, PTSD is prevalent and affects many people. According to Statistics Canada, roughly 8% of Canadian adults suffer from PTSD. The prevalence of PTSD in Canada appears highest among military veterans, first responders, and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.
Despite New Brunswick’s lack of official statistics on PTSD, the province has recognized the importance of mental health, including PTSD, and has taken steps to provide support and resources to those who need it.
Resources for PTSD
One example of this is the establishment of the Operational Stress Injury Clinic in Fredericton. This clinic provides mental health services to military and RCMP members, as well as their families. The clinic’s services include assessment, diagnosis, treatment, and support for individuals with PTSD and other operational stress injuries.
Another resource available in New Brunswick is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s New Brunswick chapter. This organization provides education, advocacy, and support for individuals with mental health issues, including PTSD. They offer a wide range of programs and services, including peer support groups, counselling and crisis intervention.
The New Brunswick government has also recognized the importance of mental health and has invested in mental health initiatives across the province. One example is the establishment of the Community Mental Health Centre in Saint John, which provides mental health services to residents of the city and surrounding areas.
Despite the efforts made by the government and various organizations in New Brunswick, there is still a significant gap in mental health services across the province. This is particularly true for individuals who live in rural and remote areas, where access to mental health services is limited.
Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health in New Brunswick and across Canada. The pandemic has led to increased stress, anxiety, and depression, which can exacerbate PTSD symptoms.
The pandemic has also disrupted mental health services, making it more difficult for individuals to access the support they need.
In Canada, the government has recognized the impact of the pandemic on mental health and has allocated funding to support mental health initiatives across the country.
For example, the federal government has committed $240 million to support virtual mental health services and has invested in mental health research.
The Canadian Mental Health Association has also been working to raise awareness of the impact of the pandemic on mental health. The organization has launched a campaign called “Get Real” to encourage Canadians to talk about their mental health and seek help if needed.
Importance of Mental Health
PTSD is a prevalent issue in New Brunswick and across Canada. While the province has recognized the importance of mental health and has invested in mental health initiatives, there is still a significant gap in mental health services across the province.
We at Kingsway Counselling can help fill that gap. Since we are a growing company we have openings for those suffering from PTSD. Mental Health is our speciality and we’d be happy to help.