Mental Health and Chronic Pain: Two Sides of the Same Coin

June 12, 2024
1200 EST - 1300 EST
Event Overview

The Chronic Pain Centre of Excellence for Canadian Veterans (CPCoE) and The Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families (Atlas) invite you to register for our cohosted webinar on Wednesday, June 12, 2024, at 1200 EST. This webinar will focus on the intersection of chronic pain and mental health in the Veteran population, and will shed light on the complex relationship between these two prevalent conditions and how they often coexist, presenting unique challenges to those who have served. We’ll explore the impacts of chronic pain on mental health and well-being and vice versa, delving into the latest research, treatment strategies and the importance of a holistic approach to care. By understanding these interconnected issues, we can better support our Veterans in their journey towards improved health and quality of life.


RCMP Sgt. (ret) Daphne McFee: Daphne McFee joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in Victoria, British Columbia in 1986 at the age of 23. Throughout her service, she worked with the RCMP protective detail, Personnel Security Unit, as well as threat assessment and primarily with INSET; investigations in national security. In 2015 she was working with professional standards policy section when she received a medical discharge. Daphne brings the lived experience of both an RCMP Veteran, Veteran living with chronic pain and associated mental health conditions. She lives in Ottawa and is happily married to another retired member.

Dr. Don Richardson: Dr. Richardson is a psychiatrist, Professor, Department of Psychiatry-Western, Medical Director of St. Joseph's Operational Stress Injury (OSI) Clinic in London, and the Scientific Director of the MacDonald Franklin OSI Research Centre at the Parkwood Institute. Dr. Richardson is also Associate Scientist with Lawson Health Research Institute, Tanna Schulich Chair in Neuroscience & Mental Health at Western University, and a fellow with the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health. Dr. Richardson has more than 75 published articles and book chapters in peer-reviewed journals in Military and Veteran Mental Health including risk factors for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal ideation, sleep disturbances, health care utilization, treatment outcomes and the impact of PTSD on quality-of-life.

Moderator - Dr., Major (retired) Luc J. Hébert, fellow PT, PhD, CD: Dr. Luc J. Hébert, a retired Major of the Canadian Armed Forces, boasts an illustrious career spanning over three decades. Graduating as a physiotherapist in 1982, he earned a PhD in Experimental Medicine and became a Fellow of the Society of Orthopaedic Medicine of London. Currently serving as a prolific researcher at the Centre interdisciplinaire de recherche en réadaptation et intégration sociale (CIRRIS) and a professor at the University of Laval, his work focuses on military and Veterans’ health, encompassing diverse topics from musculoskeletal injuries to neuromuscular diseases.

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