Veterans take feds to task on mental health talk

A Canadian soldier watches as a CH-146 Griffon helicopter returns from the crash site of First Air...

A Canadian soldier watches as a CH-146 Griffon helicopter returns from the crash site of First Air flight 6560 outside of Resolute Bay, Nunavut in this August 20, 2011 handout photo released by the Canadian Forces August 21, 2011. (REUTERS/Master Corporal Randy Burnside/Canadian Forces Combat Camera/Handout)

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:16 PM ET

OTTAWA - Veterans say the government and military's call for soldiers to seek help if they're suffering from mental illness rings hollow.

The country's top military commander, Gen. Tom Lawson, and Prime Minister Stephen Harper both made public appeals this week for soldiers to seek care if they're struggling.

The call came after four soldiers died in apparent suicides in two weeks.

Universality of service is one reason soldiers and veterans say they hesitate to seek help for mental illness.

At a news conference organized by Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis in Ottawa on Thursday, veteran Mike Cole said some soldiers fear seeking help will spell the end of their military career.

 


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