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The Burns Way:
A New Hope for All Veterans

(Coming Soon – 2024)

Accessing mental health and wellness services can be a challenge for Canadian veterans and their families. The demand for services is high, and there simply aren’t enough mental health professionals available to respond in a timely fashion.

The Burns Way is a new and innovative initiative that will bring together Indigenous, Minority, and non-Indigenous partners to improve access to mental health support for veterans right across Canada. The Burns Way seeks to build trust in the availability of services and puts the veteran in control of their journey to wellness.

What’s unique about The Burns Way is our commitment to creating new jobs for veterans, while providing a brand-new layer of service and support that doesn’t exist today. We aim to mobilize an underutilized “militia” of Peer Support resources, bringing together a unique community of people with shared experiences as veterans or family members. Peer Advocates will provide judgment-free, confidential support whenever the need arises. The Burns Way will introduce a fresh set of support resources, designed to remove barriers to care.

Program Pillars

The Burns Way is based on four important pillars that will guide and shape the program.

Shame Reduction

The Burns Way will create a safe and inclusive environment, free from stigma and shame. It will encourage veterans to seek help without feeling judged or ashamed.

Cultural Safety

The program will prioritize and embrace the diversity of all Canadians, ensuring inclusivity by accommodating veterans from different backgrounds, languages, cultures, races, and orientations.

Peer Support

This program pillar ensures that veterans have access to trained veteran peers who represent the diverse veteran community.

Technology as a Facilitator

The program will utilize technology to foster inclusion, innovation, and accessibility.

Creating a Veteran’s Economy

What’s unique about The Burns Way is our commitment to creating new jobs for veterans, while providing a brand-new layer of service and support that doesn’t exist today. We aim to mobilize an underutilized “militia” of Peer Support resources, bringing together a unique community of people with shared experiences as veterans or family members. Peer Advocates will provide judgment-free, confidential support whenever the need arises. The Burns Way will introduce a fresh set of support resources, designed to remove barriers to care.

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