The PPCLI Foundation, in collaboration with the PPCLI Association and the PPCLI Regimental Executive Committee, facilitates the availability of therapies to combat the crippling effects of mental illness, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which if left untreated can often lead to family violence and suicide. According to the 2013 Canadian Forces Mental Health Survey conducted by Statistics Canada on behalf of the Department of National Defence, approximately 11% of Regular Forces personnel met the criteria for PTSD at some point in their life. These therapies include, but are not limited to: family counseling and support; canine and equine therapy; Outward Bound outdoor adventure experiences; and family camping and outdoor adventure.
Canadians have made great strides in providing better care for our veterans and their families but two emerging trends require our immediate attention. First, the longterm impact of mental health problems associated with extended combat duties on the military family, and the transition from military careers into broader Canadian society. And second, a soldier's family is the first line of support for any of its
members who are in need. The Foundation maintains this strong tradition by providing support, particularly when timely assistance is not available from other sources or when gaps develop from existing services.The Department of Defence and Veterans Affairs Canada cannot address all of these needs so our soldiers and their families depend on additional support to provide the leadership and the assistance required.
The Foundation is a key source of the financial support not provided though the Canadian government. Gaps in support must be filled. Research and rehabilitation for the physical and mental injuries suffered must be funded. The Foundation is committed to assisting military families to create and maintain healthy lifestyles including strong family and community relationships. The Foundation offers financial assistance to soldiers and their families to successfully make the sometimes difficult transition from military service to becoming a productive member of civil society.