Playing the System: Structural Factors Potentiating Mental Health Stigma, Challenging Awareness, and Creating Barriers to Care for Canadian Public Safety Personnel (2018)

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Why does help-seeking for employment-related mental health concerns become unacceptable? This research looks at the open-ended final comments provided by over 828 Canadian PSP as part of a larger online survey designed to assess the prevalence of mental disorders among PSP. Based on these results, it appears that organizational culture and structures may play a role in 1) influencing PSP decision-making to seek mental health care, 2) how PSP who do seek care are viewed by their colleagues, and 3) encouraging PSP to minimize their personal mental health needs. In particular, there was widespread participant suspicion that coworkers who took the time to address their mental health needs were “abusing the system.”

Ricciardelli, R., Carleton, R. N., Mooney, T., & Cramm, H. (2018).  Playing the system: Structural factors potentiating mental health stigma, challenging awareness, and creating barriers to care for Canadian public safety personnel. Health. doi:10.1177/1363459318800167