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The Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families is hosting a series of two-part virtual conversations with women Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). These conversations aim to better understand the experiences and the mental health and well-being of women Veterans. The goal of these conversations is to inform the development of a research project with and for women Veterans.

The first conversations will take place virtually during the week of September 20, with various days and times available. The second follow-up series of conversations will take place virtually during the week of November 15, with various days and times available.

Registration will be open from July 27, 2022 to August 26, 2022.

There is a total of 25 spots available with five people in each session. These spots will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. There is also an option to provide your comments in writing or as an audio or video recording if you do not wish to participate in the live virtual conversations.

This event has ended.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

If you are attending the CIMVHR Forum 2022:

Join the Atlas Institute for our activities and events from 16 through 19 October 2022

For the first time as the Atlas Institute, we will be joining the CIMVHR Forum 2022 to introduce the following topics:


  • Presenter: Jean-Michel Mercier, MSc, Senior Research Partnerships Associate
  • Date/Time: Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 12:20 p.m. – 12:40 p.m.
  • Session: 3B05
  • Summary: During Canada’s time in Afghanistan, Afghan-Canadian citizens were recruited to work as Language and Cultural Advisors (LCAs). These LCAs accompanied members of the Canadian Armed Forces outside the wire assisting with translation and teaching local culture and customs to the soldiers. Guided by an advisory committee, this ongoing qualitative study aims to identify the current mental health status of Language and Cultural Advisors who served with the CAF in Afghanistan, their perception of their experience and transition back to civilian life, and the types of support they perceive they would have needed upon their return. This presentation will share the preliminary results of the study, as well as describe the process of working with an advisory group from the inception of the study.


  • Presenter: Sara Rodrigues, Ph.D., Director, Applied Research
  • Date/time: Tuesday, 18 October 2022, 4:50 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.
  • Session: 5E02
  • Summary: This presentation draws on the results of a study of the lived experiences of potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) and their impacts for 38 public safety personnel. Our findings demonstrate that for PSP, PMIEs arise during the performance of role-specific duties, within or because of the organizational culture or climate, and as a result of inadequacies in the broader health care and social welfare systems. This presentation will highlight specific types of events that PSP describe as PMIEs, and the impact that these events have in terms of personal and professional values, as well as mental health and well-being.


  • Presenter: Ashlee Mulligan, MSc, Director, Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Summary: The Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families, Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) are collaborating as part of the Glossary 3.0 Senior Authors’ Team. This diverse, multi-institutional pan-Canadian group of academics and clinicians is working to develop Version 3.0 of the PTSD Glossary of Terms, which will be published in an upcoming special issue of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention in Canada (HPCDP). The purpose of the Glossary of Terms is to improve the accessibility of language related to mental health and mental health conditions for all Canadians and to work towards a universal set of terms for clinicians, scientists, policymakers, people with lived experience and the general public.
  • Presenter: Gabrielle Dupuis, MSc, Director, Research Partnerships
  • Summary: Peer support, or support between individuals with a similar lived or living experience, has been utilized for many years in various populations, including Veterans, Serving Members, and their Families. However, ambiguity still exists regarding the categorization of these activities and how they can be used to improve the well-being of individuals. This scoping review aims to describe the nature of peer support activities for Veterans, Serving Members, and their Families in the literature, and align their outcomes within the seven domains of the Veterans Affairs Canada well-being framework.
  • Presenter: Cath Virelli, MHSc, Senior Knowledge Mobilization Specialist
  • Summary: Evidence from the United States suggests that stigmatizing language in news stories about Veterans’ mental health may significantly influence public perceptions of Veterans. In turn, this can have negative impacts on Veterans’ and Veteran Families’ quality of life post-service. Problematically, the literature lacks guidance for journalists covering Veterans’ mental health and related concerns, such as suicide, particularly in the Canadian context. To begin to address this gap, the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families collaborated with Dr. Robert Whitley of the Douglas Mental Health University Institute to develop a set of guidelines that may help journalists ensure news stories about Veterans’ mental health and related concerns are balanced, trauma-informed and recovery-oriented.

The Atlas Institute will also host an information booth to meet with military, Veteran and Family, researcher and service provider communities and to highlight some of our projects.

Special sessions: Learn more about our pre-and-post CIMVHR events, happening on 16 and 19 October 2022, on issues important to Veterans, their Families, and everyone who provides supportive services.


Learn more about and register for our pre-CIMVHR Session and Post-CIMVHR Workshop below.

Pre-CIMVHR Session: Research and lived experience interactive panel discussion

The Pre-CIMVHR Research and Lived Experience Interactive Panel Discussion will offer a space to promote understanding of research and empower Veterans and Families in research. Veterans and Veteran Families will be invited to enter into an in-person dialogue with researchers to discuss research methods and life cycle, priorities, facilitators and barriers in research, and Veterans and Families’ needs in research.

Registration is closed.

Sunday, October 16, 2022
9 a.m. – 12 p.m. AST
In person

Post-CIMVHR Workshop: Advancing the vision for a transformed mental health system for Veterans and their Families

This workshop will feature a panel presentation sharing the results and implications of a collaboration between the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families and Phoenix Australia to develop a new vision and implementation approach for Veteran and Veteran Family mental health systems globally. The session will also facilitate dialogue among participants to identify stakeholders’ perspectives and resource needs in the implementation of a transformed model of care to improve the well-being of Veterans and their Families in the Canadian context.

Registration is closed.

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. AST
In person

Both sessions will be held:

In person
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel,
1919 Upper Water St.,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 3J5