Resources on COVID-19 for PSP

The COVID-19 Task Force makes updates to our COVID-19 content for clarity and accessibility. This content is based on the most up to date scientific information from the Government of Canada and academic sources.

The COVID-19 Readiness Resource Project (CRRP) Task Force Leadership consists of:

  • Dr. Alexandra Heber, MD, FRCPC, CCPE, Chair, CRRP Task Force
  • Valerie Testa, B.A. (Hons.), B.Ed., OCT, CCRP, MSc Student, CRRP Research Associate, Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT)
  • Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton, Ph.D., R.D. Psych, Scientific Director, CIPSRT
  • Donna King, Executive Director, Collaborative Centre for Justice and Safety, University of Regina

The COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis affecting all Canadians. Our public safety personnel (PSP) are among the professionals serving on the front lines of this crisis nationwide. PSP, their leaders, and their families need and deserve the best support we can offer while working to help manage the pandemic impact. At CIPSRT, we are working hard to provide access to supports that will include accurate, reliable, and credible information and resources. The resources we have gathered appear in the categories along the left-hand side of this page.

If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please contact 911 immediately or go to your nearest emergency department. If you are in Saskatchewan, you may choose to access supports at www.pspnet.ca.  Across Canada, the Canadian Psychological Association has also identified psychologists who are willing to donate some of their time to provide psychological services to front line health care providers (for more information, please go to: https://cpa.ca/corona-virus/psychservices/).  We have also provided lists of links to mental health resources in each province here . We will update the resource lists as needed.

Our Public Safety Personnel are crucial to keep Canadians safe, particularly during the COVID-19 crisis; as such, we need to support PSP in taking care of their physical and mental health. If you are feeling anxious, depressed, or concerned about your mental health, consider using our online self-assessment tools here. The tools can help you identify mental health areas that might need your attention.

Looking for a way to support PSP?
The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) has worked with our public safety personnel (PSP) partners to create a short video titled "Help Us Help You."  This video provides helpful tips straight from PSP on how the public can support them.

French version: https://youtu.be/Ex7CVUemn18

If you have any specific questions or suggestions regarding helpful information, resources, or topics that should be addressed, please e-mail the staff at CIPSRT at: COVID19@CIPSRT-ICRTSP.ca

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