New research support for post-traumatic stress injuries in public safety personnel
“The Government of Canada is incredibly proud to support the very Canadians who keep our communities safe every day. This contribution to PTSI research will ensure public safety personnel have the resources and treatments necessary to live healthy and rewarding lives.”
The Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health
“Public safety personnel put their lives on the line to keep our communities safe, and we must do more to support their mental health and well-being. I’m pleased to see CIHR funding PTSI research that will further improve our understanding of this critical priority and help ensure public safety officers across the country have the support they need.”
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“Post-traumatic stress injuries are complex conditions that affect public safety personnel in a variety of workplaces. Today’s announcement is the first step in addressing the knowledge gap around understanding PTSI in these occupational groups, and finding treatments that provide Canada’s public safety personnel with the support they need.”
Michel Perron, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Institutes of Health Research
Catalyst grants are short-term grants designed to provide seed funding for new research perspectives; they lay the groundwork for larger, longer-term research projects.
Catalyst grants are just the beginning. Budget 2018 proposed to provide $20 million over five years to support a new research consortium between CIHR and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) to address PTSI among public safety personnel.
Through Budget 2018, the Government of Canada also proposed to invest $10 million over five years, starting in 2018-19, for Public Safety Canada to work with CIPSRT to develop an Internet-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy pilot as a means of providing greater access to care and treatment for public safety officers.
In June, CIHR launched a funding competition with up to $4.32 million available from the Canadian Armed Forces and Veterans Affairs Canada to study the effectiveness and safety of cannabis as a treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder among Canadian Armed Forces personnel and veterans.
Public Safety Canada (PS) continues to work closely with a broad stakeholder community, including all levels of government, along with other government departments and associations of first responders to develop a coordinated action plan on post-traumatic stress injuries in support of public safety officers.
Office of the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor
Minister of Health
Office of the Honourable Ralph Goodale
Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Canadian Institutes of Health Research
At the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) we know that research has the power to change lives. As Canada's health research investment agency, we collaborate with partners and researchers to support the discoveries and innovations that improve our health and strengthen our health care system.
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