Ontario announced new initiatives to help prevent or mitigate the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among first responders such as police personnel, firefighters and paramedics, who are at least twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD. The province’s prevention strategy has four major elements:
- The creation of a radio and digital campaign aimed at increasing awareness of 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 MOL 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.