Province Focuses on Prevention, Reducing Stigma
- The creation of a radio and digital campaign aimed at increasing awareness about PTSD amongst first responders, their families and communities and eliminating the stigma that too often prevents those in need from seeking help
- An annual leadership summit to be hosted by the Minister of Labour to highlight best practices, recognize leaders, and monitor progress in dealing with PTSD
- A free online toolkit with resources on PTSD tailored to meet the needs of employers and each of the first responder sectors
- Grants for research that supports the prevention of PTSD.
- PTSD involves clinically significant distress and impairment to functioning, and the development of certain types of symptoms following exposure to one or more traumatic events. It can include painful flashbacks, nightmares, outbursts, thoughts of suicide and feelings of worry, guilt or sadness.
- On March 5, 2015, Ontario hosted the Summit on Work Related Traumatic Mental Stress. The province’s strategy builds on the dialogue and feedback from the Summit.
“PTSD is a serious and debilitating injury. With appropriate resources and timely treatment, we know it can be prevented or mitigated. We’re acting today to ensure we support effective prevention for Ontario’s first responders. We know the solution lies with a comprehensive approach which includes both preventative and legislative measures. I am proud to share the first piece of our strategy to deal with PTSD in our first responders that will seek to address current gaps and build on existing PTSD prevention activities currently underway across Ontario.”
“We have all seen the devastating and far-reaching impacts of PTSD on our first responders – and on their loved ones, friends, and colleagues. We know that prevention must be a key part of any strategy and our government is sending a strong signal today that we have a comprehensive approach to ensure our first responders have the proper supports and resources in place to ensure their physical and mental well-being.”