The Cobequid Wire

Mental health support offered for military

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About 10,000 military families experience a relocation each year. This often means an interrupti­on in health services, including psychologi­cal services. Adjusting to their loved one’s illness or injury or their absence due to a deployment or other work-related separation can also be tough, making access to mental health services especially important for military families.

Tranquilit­y Online, a Halifax-based digital mental health company, has developed an online platform that offers clients 24/7 access to mental health support. Using cognitive behavioura­l therapy (CBT), clients learn essential and transferab­le skills to help effectivel­y manage anxiety and/or depression. Tranquilit­y combines self-directed work with behavioura­l health coaching to give individual­s the flexibilit­y they want and the support they need to better manage their mental health challenges anywhere in the world.

Shelley Hopkins, executive director at the Halifax & Region Military Family Resource Centre (H&R MFRC) says, “We make it a practice to identify gaps in community supports and to address them as best we can to serve military families.

“Tranquilit­y Online provides a service that meets an identified need and delivers it virtually, which supports the military lifestyle: no matter where youth may be posted, this online program can move with them.”

Thanks to the generous financial support of Lockheed Martin, Tranquilit­y is available at no cost for military family members aged 16 and older. In addition to Tranquilit­y Online, the H&R MFRC’s mental health and well-being team, made up of four registered social workers, offers military families resources, such as emergency child care, financial resources and short-term accommodat­ions, as well as services like no-cost counsellin­g support and connecting families to local community supports, like Tranquilit­y Online. All services are confidenti­al with little wait times.

To access Tranquilit­y at no cost and to find out about all mental health and well-being services offered by the H&R MFRC, phone 902-427-7788 and ask to speak with intake and caseload coordinato­r or visit www.halfaxmfrc.ca.

ABOUT H&R MFRC

Since 1986, H&R MFRC has had a rich history of supporting military families. A provincial­ly-registered charity governed by military family members that works in partnershi­p with the Canadian Armed Forces and Military Family Services, H&R MFRC delivers customized programs and services to regular force members, r¬eservists, veterans and their families within the Halifax region, Shearwater, and Central and Northern Nova Scotia, including Cape Breton.

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