Assessing Operational Stress Injuries and Symptoms for Canadian First Responders and other Public Safety Personnel

Primary Investigator: Dr. R. Nicholas Carleton
CIPSRT Designations(s): Scientific Director
REB Project Title: Assessing Operational Stress Injuries and Symptoms for Canadian First Responders and other Public Safety Personnel
Publication Project Title: Mental Disorder Symptoms among Public Safety Personnel in Canada
Partner and Supporting Organizations: Badge of Life Canada, Behind the Red Serge, Canadian Association for Police Governance, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR), Canadian Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Canadian Police Association, Community Safety Knowledge Alliance, Correctional Service of Canada, Families of the RCMP for PTSD Awareness, First Responder Mental Health Network Collaboration, International Association of Firefighters, Justice Institute of British Columbia, Mental Health Commission of Canada, Mood Disorders Society of Canada, Nova Scotia Operational Stress Injury Clinic–Capital Health, Paramedic Association of Canada, Paramedic Chiefs of Canada, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Tema Conter Trust, Union of Solicitor General Employees, Wounded Warriors Canada

Public Safety Categories:

  • Career Fire and Rescue
  • Correctional Service of Canada
  • Dispatcher and Call Centre Operations
  • Municipal Police
  • Paramedics (ACP/PCP/CCP), Emergency Medical Services
  • Provincial Police
  • RCMP
  • Union of Solicitor General Employees
  • Volunteer Fire and Rescue
REB Approval?: Yes
REB Approval Date: June 30, 2016
Study Data Collection Start Date: September 1, 2016
Study Data Collection End Date: January 31, 2017
Geographic Area(s) involved: Canada wide
Funding Sources: The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: R. Nicholas Carleton’s research is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) through a New Investigator Award (FRN: 13666). Tracie O. Afifi’s research is supported by a CIHR New Investigator Award and Foundation Scheme Award. This research was funded in part by the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness through the Policy Development Contribution Program.
Study Phone: 306-337-2473
Study Email:
The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) released a national survey to assess operational stress injuries and symptoms for Canadian first responders and other public safety personnel in 2016. This anonymous survey provided CIPSRT with important information about the impact that work stress and symptoms have on Public Safety Personnel and their families. CIPSRT researchers will use the data about operational stress injuries – including symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and panic – to start to create supports for the mental health of all public safety personnel. Survey Information • This survey is anonymous and designed specifically for first responders and all other public safety personnel • It is convenient and private – your login will let you access the survey as many times as you like, from any computer • It is available in French or English • It is designed to allow you to skip any questions you don’t want to answer • It is designed to take between 30-90 minutes depending on your responses • It will help assess the impact of new programs (e.g., R2MR) and incidents (e.g., wildfires) • It has been peer-reviewed and Research Ethics Board approved
Status: Complete
Completion Date: January 31, 2017