The Cobequid Wire
Mental health support offered for military
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.