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August 3, 2021

CIPSRT launches new Champions of Mental Health Award

Starting today nominations are being accepted for the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT)’s inaugural Champions of Mental Health award. The award is intended to celebrate individual Public Safety Personnel (PSP) who are dedicated to improving the well-being of their fellow PSP.

“Research evidence indicates that organizational and operational stressors, stigma, and uncertainty about getting effective mental health support is negatively impacting PSP,” said CIPSRT Scientific Director Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton. “At CIPSRT, we have seen PSP and their leaders making positive impacts that are improving the mental health and well-being of PSP. The Champions of Mental Health program is a way to recognize the remarkable efforts of dedicated PSP who are driving changes to improve mental health.”

To be considered a Champion, a nominee must have done one (or more) of the following:

  • Raised awareness about PSP mental health (For example, sharing their personal mental health story widely with colleagues or helping to develop programming).
  • Helped work on mental health stigma reduction within their organizations or in the PSP community.
  • Worked as a peer supporter
  • Worked as a member of a reintegration team
  • Helped to develop practices for a psychologically safe workplace (For example, promoted self-care widely in the organization, encouraged an open environment to talk about mental health issues.)

“We want to recognize PSP that walk the talk when it comes to the well-being of people in their organizations,” said Robert Stewart, CIPSRT’s Public Safety Steering Committee Co-chair and President of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials Canada.

Anyone within a public safety organization, sworn or civilian, can be nominated for recognition by CIPSRT as a Champion of Mental Health. To be considered, a nominee must work for one of CIPSRT’s recognized Canadian public safety sectors:

  • Border Services
  • Corrections
  • Public Safety Communicators (911, dispatch)
  • Firefighters (including volunteer)
  • Emergency Managers
  • Operational Intelligence personnel
  • Police (federal and municipal)
  • Paramedics
  • Search and Rescue personnel (including volunteer)

Nominations are being accepted from August 3-Sept 10, 2021. Winners will be announced in November 2021.

To nominate a Champion or learn more about the award click here.

For more information, please contact Community Engagement and Events Coordinator, Virginia Carpenter at

CIPSRT (Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment), located at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan,  serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub to help current public safety personnel, their leaders and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and well-being.

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