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October 6, 2022

Virtual Town Hall: Lived Experiences of Potentially Morally Injurious Events in Canadian Public Safety Personnel

Date & time- Oct 13, 2022  11:00 AM CST 1:00 pm EDT

This webinar will share findings from a recently released qualitative study on moral injury (MI) in Canadian public safety personnel (PSP). In addition to exposure to potentially traumatic experiences, public safety personnel (PSP) may also experience potentially morally injurious events (PMIEs) when they cannot uphold their values, prevent harm to themselves or others, or keep people safe. Left unaddressed, PMIEs may lead to MI, a type of psychological stress response marked by feelings of guilt, shame, anger and betrayal. This presentation will focus on findings related to the types of situations that PSP describe as PMIEs, how PSP make sense of these events, and the impacts of these events on PSP health and well-being. Lived experience commentary from a PSP leader on the study results as well as a question-and-answer session will follow the presentation.


Co-primary investigator for the study Dr. Sara Rodrigues is Director, Applied Research at the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families. Trained in phenomenology, Sara’s current research focuses on the social determinants of health and mental health. Sara holds a PhD in Social and Political Thought from York University.

Co-investigator for the the study Jean-Michel Mercier is a Senior Research Partnerships Associate at the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families. Having previously worked in suicide prevention, Jean-Michel now supports various research projects studying moral injury, peer support, mTBI, and mental health and well-being. Jean-Michel has an M.Sc. in Kinesiology from the University of Montreal.

About the Atlas Institute for Veterans and Families:

Funded by Veterans Affairs Canada, the Atlas Institute works with Veterans, Families, service providers, and researchers to identify the best possible mental health care and supports for Veterans and Families.

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