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Public safety personnel stand up for Canadians; we need to stand up for their mental health

By Emilie Kossick      

Once research starts to illuminate new paths of training and treatment, we, as a country, have to be ready to walk down those paths alongside public safety personnel.

Police, pictured on Parliament Hill on Sept. 30, 2017. An unprecedented national survey conducted in 2016-2017 collected data from thousands of public safety personnel about their work and current mental health. The Hill Times file photograph

Oct. 6-13 is Mental Health Awareness week in Canada. While it is natural to consider our own mental health, we may fall short of thinking about the mental health of other groups like our public safety personnel (PSP). Public safety personnel ensure the security and safety of all Canadians. Examples of public safety personnel include tri-services (police—including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, career and volunteer firefighters and paramedics), correctional employees, border services personnel, operational and intelligence personnel, search and rescue personnel, Indigenous emergency managers, and public-safety communications officials.

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