Parkwood Institute expanding mental health services for veterans, military and RCMP

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Oct. 20, 2016

The number of Canadian veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder has almost tripled since 2007 increasing the need for mental health services to aid their recovery. In the past two years, the number of new referrals to the Parkwood Institute Operational Stress Injury Clinic (OSIC) has grown by 46 per cent. In order to meet the increased demand for services, Parkwood Institute is expanding the OSIC with a large scale renovation.

“PTSD is one of several persistent psychological difficulties, otherwise known as operational stress injuries (OSI), military and RCMP personnel can develop as a result of duties performed during their service,” says psychologist Dr. Charles Nelson. “Many of our clients also face a major depressive disorder, substance abuse or general anxiety and difficulty adjusting to civilian life. Proper clinical treatment is key to their recovery.”

The OSIC will nearly double in size from 2400 square feet to 4200 square feet with construction to take place between the fall of 2016 and spring of 2017. This expansion will not only allow for more clinical staff to care for more clients but will also enhance our research capability in the area of military-related PTSD.

“We are excited to expand our program and provided much needed specialized mental health services to the men and women who have so bravely served our country,” adds Dr. Nelson.

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For more information:
Kelsi Break
Communication Consultant
519.646.6100 ext. 64792
 
About Parkwood Institute’s Operational Stress Injury Clinic
The Operational Stress Injury Clinic (OSIC) at Parkwood Institute, part of St. Joseph’s Health Care London, provides specialized mental health services to veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and their families who are experiencing mental health challenges as a result of military service. The OSIC is one of ten outpatient clinics in a national network across the country funded by Veterans Affairs Canada. Parkwood Institute’s OSIC serves Southwestern Ontario, the Greater Toronto area, Hamilton and Niagara and portions of Central Ontario. The main clinic is located in London Ontario with satellite clinics in Toronto and Hamilton.

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