After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture by Stéphane GrenierAfter the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture by Stéphane Grenier

After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture

byStéphane Grenier, Adam Montgomery

Paperback | February 17, 2018

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After serving in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and civil war, Lieutenant Colonel Stéphane Grenier returned to Canada haunted by his experiences. Facing post-traumatic stress disorder and an archaic establishment, he spent ten years confronting--and changing--the military mental health system from within.

Coining the term "Operational Stress Injury" to allow the military to see mental injury in the same light as a physical wound, Grenier founded the Operational Stress Injury Social Support program that provides help for mentally injured soldiers and veterans.

Since retiring from the military in 2012, his groundbreaking approach has been adopted by civilian society. Through his social enterprise Mental Health Innovations, Grenier delivers his direct "walk the talk" method to improve mental well being in government and business.
Stéphane Grenier is a veteran of the Canadian Military who retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. The recipient of a Meritorious Service Cross by the Governor General, he was recently awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws by the University of Guelph.  Adam Montgomery, PhD, is an historian of medicine and military history and the author of The I...
Title:After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health CultureFormat:PaperbackDimensions:275 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:February 17, 2018Publisher:University of Regina PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889775338

ISBN - 13:9780889775336

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from I was truly inspired by this book. Thank you Stephane for sharing your amazing story and your invaluable experience with everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the book and applaud you for taking action by helping stigmatized individuals in need for hope and support.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surviving PTSD and then making a difference I have know Stephane for many years as we have both been engaged in the mental health area. But this book gave me deeper insight into what Stephane and other members of our military go through when we send them around the world to deal with some of the most difficult situations ever. This book show how one's resilency can be tested and how talking with peers can make a significant difference in your ability to manage your "demons". The other power of this book is to show how one can turn one's own challenges into strategies that can help others. In Stephane's case it started with the military and now has expanded to all Canadians. We all need to thank Stephane for sharing his very personal story!
Date published: 2018-02-17

Table of Contents



Chapter 1: Into the Killing Fields 

Chapter 2: The Ravages of War

Chapter 3: The Tipping Point

Chapter 4: Home

Chapter 5: Family Troubles and Thoughts of Suicide

Chapter 6: OSISS (Time for Change) 

Chapter 7: Afghanistan and Beyond

Chapter 8: New Mental Health Adventures 

Conclusion: Prescriptions for Change


Editorial Reviews

"Grenier's prescription for change includes eliminating stigma, creating less toxic workplaces, and introducing situation-specific supports that bypass what he calls the rigid and outmoded approaches in military and psychiatric hierarchies. As psychologically wounded warriors continue to return home, this surprisingly hopeful addition to the growing body of post-trauma literature will prove valuable for soldiers and civilians alike." - Publishers Weekly