PTSD treatment and research program at University of Alberta receives $3M

The Alberta government is investing more than $3 million to focus on rehabilitation and research for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

Advanced Education Minister Demetrios Nicolaides says the money will support the Heroes in Mind, Advocacy and Research Consortium program at the University of Alberta.

The group supports military members, veterans, public safety personnel and others who suffer from PTSD through new and innovative treatment options.

Nicolaides says the support is necessary because too often Canada’s soldiers leave their service with mental scars.

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The director of the consortium says it uses a structured, repetitive, psychotherapeutic process which involves the patient walking on a treadmill where they relive traumatic events through virtual reality.

She says while doing so, they are helped by a therapist by their side.

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