Operational Stress Injury (OSI) is often used as a non-medical term that is synonymous with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) but specific to traumatic events experienced in the line of duty, or while performing work-related tasks.
The term Operational Stress Injury is becoming more widely adopted as it removes the stigma of having “disorder” applied to an individual.
OSI-CAN was created in January 2016 and is dedicated to helping serving members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Community First Responders—which includes municipal police services, emergency medical services, fire protection services, emergency communications specialist (911 operators), hospital trauma personnel and corrections officers.
It is a joint project of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Saskatchewan Division) and the Royal Canadian Legion (Saskatchewan Command).
The reality for individuals needing our support is that if they self-identify to their employers, their careers may be over or they are deemed to be unemployable and ineffective. Our programs do not require participants to be diagnosed or referred. They just need to be willing to admit to themselves that they might need some help and find the courage to attend.
OSI-CAN uses a proactive support–based approach to OSI/PTSD recovery, which is two-ply. The first support is available in the form of peer support groups. This is a secure and confidential forum where the participants can discuss their experiences with others who are going through the same thing without fear of judgement or criticism. It is within this support group that their needs are identified and addressed.
The second proactive-support is our ever-expanding network of service providers that link members with other services necessary for their recovery such as housing, counselling, vocational training, psycho-social rehabilitation, advice on prescriptions, the purchase and placement of service dogs and equine-assisted psychotherapy.
If you are in crisis contact:
If you would like an OSI-CAN support group or a Spouse of OSI in your community, contact Julius Brown at 306-552-3801.
To inspire hope and contribute to the continuous wellbeing and recovery process of Veterans and Community First Responders.
The importance of this initiative is found in the unnecessary suicides of people within our target group across the country. We do not want military or community first responders in Saskatchewan to become part of those statistics.
We seek to empower and encourage Veterans and Community First Responders to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating a greater public awareness.
Crisis/Suicide Hotline 24/7: 1-866-456-4566
“The best move I have made. It’s great to talk and meet with like minded people. I am coming to terms with some of the demons. The best night of the week.” Tony
“I believe the group meetings are an extremely positive thing. To allow veterans an opportunity to speak to like minded people about anything they want to is important. As a relative to a vet that is clearly being helped, in a way that I haven’t seen before in his life, I am extremely grateful for these meetings exist.” Jordan
“The peer group meetings provide a relaxed atmosphere to discuss similar feelings, positive and negative, and be able to be heard and relate without fear of being judged.” Leigh
“OSI-CAN meetings are great. It is a fun and healthy way to talk and share memories with people who may relate to your situation."