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Canadian Armed Forces Veterans & the SISIP Long Term Disability Plan

Canadian Armed Forces Veterans & the SISIP Long Term Disability Plan

In 2018, the Liberal government put aside more than $622 million to bail out the LTD plan for Canada’s veterans, as part of the 2018 budget. Like other Canadians who find out that they must fight to recover their disability insurance benefits, veterans are no different, although they appear to also face chronic funding shortages that appear to contribute to claims being denied or cut off prematurely. SISIP stands for the Service Income Security Insurance Plan. The plan is underwritten by Manulife Financial who administer these claims much as they would any LTD plan...
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The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

The Provincial Stance on PTSD in the Workplace

Soldiers and first responders are not the only people who experience traumatic events in the workplace. More and more provinces are beginning to recognize that post-traumatic stress disorder can result from adverse conditions in a number of different jobs and are passing legislation that offers unique protections to affected employees. Unfortunately, the strength of such benefits can vary depending on the province and the profession, with much of the support being directed to first responders. That shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Firefighters, paramedics and police...
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Living with PTSD in Canada

Living with PTSD in Canada

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of sexual abuse.  When a person experiences trauma, the consequences can live on far past the experience itself. Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and complex post-traumatic stress disorder (C-PTSD) affect a huge population of our society. To understand it and its implications, we must ask: what exactly is PTSD? What are its causes and symptoms? How can we take notice of those who are suffering, and try to help? The Mayo Clinic defines PTSD as “a mental health condition that’s...
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4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

4 Benefits of a Support Dog for PTSD

Overcoming trauma is never a simple task. The process often takes years, and while medication and therapy can help, there simply are no guarantees when it comes to mental health. That’s especially true for those with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. People who have faced abuse or trauma in the past need a safe, comfortable environment in order to recover and a support dog can be an important part of that healing process. A support animal provides a calming presence that alleviates many of the worst symptoms of PTSD, and though it is not a cure, having a faithful companion...
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Understanding the Signs of PTSD

Understanding the Signs of PTSD

When Alex’s girlfriend Jill got in a car accident last fall, their world turned upside down. After spending weeks in the hospital, Jill had to go through 5 months of daily physical therapy in order to be able to walk with ease. She was unable to work, and Alex used every spare moment outside of the office to run errands, prepare meals, and spend time with Jill. For a few months, life was difficult, but as Jill’s health improved and she was able to start work again, things settled back into a seemingly normal routine. Dynamics, however, had shifted. Jill’s temperament was...
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A Day in the Life: PTSD from Bullying

A Day in the Life: PTSD from Bullying

Content Warning: This article deals with sensitive subject matter around the topic of bullying and suicide.   John often had a difficult time explaining Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Most of the people he met in his day to day life never knew that he had any issues with his mental health, and the ones who did seldom saw the worst of it. It’s not as if John walked around telling people about his disorder. It was a personal medical issue, one that he dealt with in his own time on his own terms under the guidance of his therapist. He had learned to navigate the world...