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June 7, 2021

Research team launches new website to help PSP find mental health support

Keywords: Mental Health, Mental Health Support, Public Safety Personnel

A team of researchers funded through a Canadian Institutes Health of Research (CIHR) Post-traumatic Stress Injuries in Public Safety Personnel (PSP) Catalyst Grant, is launching a new website on June 7, 2021, that will allow PSP and their families to search for mental health services across Canada.

As part of their project, the research team spent over a year collecting information about mental health services for PSP and their families across Canada. Realizing the large wealth of information they had gathered, the team decided to create a PSP Mental Health website, which features a searchable database of PSP-specific mental health services.

PSP Mental Health allows searchers to filter mental health options in numerous ways, including cost, language, type of service, privacy, and location.  The flexible search function will allow PSP or their family members to zero in on appropriate resources quickly.  Though the website doesn’t feature service evaluation, the research team believes it is important to make all services geared towards PSP more accessible for those who need mental health help.

“The work of public safety personnel (PSP) consists of unique demands and stressors that increase the risk of exposure to potentially psychologically traumatic events. To help address the impact of these events, there is a growing number of mental health support services available to PSP. Finding mental health support, though, can be daunting; especially in the wake of covid-19. By creating PSP Mental Health, we hope to make it easier for Canadian PSP and their families to find the most appropriate services to support their mental health,” says Dr. Jill Price, the project lead.

As part of our consortium partnership with CIHR and role as knowledge translation hub for PSP mental health research, CIPSRT is excited to link to the PSP Mental Health website on our home page.

To access the site, please visit https://www.pspmentalhealth.ca or visit www.cipsrt-icrtsp.ca

For more information on the PSP Mental Health website please contact Dr. Jill Price at Jill.Price@uregina.ca

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