Importance of Peer Support as a Way to Achieve Mental Health

Lieutenant Colonel Stéphane Grenier is the Peer Project Team Leader for the Mental Health Commission of Canada (Chef d’équipe du project des pairs avec le Commission de la santé mentale du Canada) &  Special Advisor for Operational Stress Injury (OSI) for Canada’s National Defence (Conseiller spécial – blessures de stress opérationnel (BSO)Défense nationale).

LCol Stéphane Grenier joined the Canadian Forces in 1983. In 1994 he was deployed to Rwanda for 10 months as the spokesman for the United Nations in Rwanda. Following his return he became team leader and producer in the Canadian Forces Electronic News Gathering team and was deployed for much shorter periods of time to Cambodia, Kuwait, the Arabian Gulf on ship, Africa, Lebanon and Haiti. Upon return from Rwanda, he requested medical help and was misdiagnosed. He was diagnosed in 1997 with PTSD but not told of his diagnosis. In 1999, he was diagnosed for a second time with PTSD and has been in therapy ever since. He took a personal interest in the way the Canadian Forces was dealing with operational stress injuries. He researched the issue and developed concepts to help soldiers deal with what they had experienced while on operations abroad. As a result of his own experiences, his research and consultation with veterans and clinicians, he created the OSISS Program and coined the phrase “Operational Stress Injury”. Click here to read more….