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PSPNET celebrated three years of supporting mental health of public safety personnel

By CFF Staff   

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Feb. 14, 2023, Regina, Sask. – PSPNET celebrated its third year of supporting the mental health of public safety personnel.

Jan. 2023 marked three years since the launch of the first PSPNET project, the PSP Wellbeing Course.

The course was designed to provide public safety personnel with free guidance on techniques for managing various mental health concerns, such as depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic injuries.

PSPNET continues to provide services and is now available as a free, confidential self-guided course online across the country, in addition to the original therapist-guided course, which is available in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Saskatchewan, and Quebec.

The PSP Wellbeing Course is part of the wider PSPNET mission within the Government of Canada’s National Action Plan on Posttraumatic Stress Injuries, which is to offer and evaluate internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy, also known as ICBT, tailored for current and former public service personnel.

Since the launch of the PSP Wellbeing Course, PSPNET has expanded and is now offering the PTSD Course, which is tailored to clients who are concerned more specifically with the symptoms of posttraumatic stress. This course is currently available with therapist guidance in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, and Saskatchewan.

PSPNET has seen 752 clients having completed or signed up for therapist-guided courses. An additional 321 clients have started treatment through the self-guided services. Research shows over 95-98 per cent of those who complete post-treatment measures would refer the program to a friend.

Recent additional funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada has allowed for the expansion of a self-guided well-being course to public safety personnel spouses.

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