(York Region, Wednesday, May 3, 2017) – The York and South Simcoe Branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and York Regional Police (YRP) are joining forces to provide more than 350 civilian and uniform supervisors with specialized mental health training.
The mandatory training will educate participants on the national standard for psychological health and safety in the workplace, bullying prevention, and how to best accommodate people returning from a mental health-related absence.
The educational sessions are through the Workplace Wellness program of CMHA York and South Simcoe Branch. CMHA and YRP are committed to 22 sessions by the end of 2017.
CMHA is proud to support YRP, a leader among Canada’s police services for its internal programs that recognize and support members struggling with operational stress, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental health challenges.
Including Workplace Wellness, YRP has at least 10 formal internal resources to help its members cope with mental health issues (see Backgrounder).
“Our community is fortunate to have an organization such as York Regional Police display such positive leadership when it comes to supporting frontline and supervisory staff,” said Rebecca Shields, CEO, CMHA York and South Simcoe. “We encourage other prominent organizations and businesses in our region to follow YRP’s example.”
“I am very proud that York Regional Police is at the forefront of ensuring not only the operational safety of our members, but also their mental well-being,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “As we continue to expand our support programs and educate members on the resources available to them, I am confident we will be effectively preventing and treating mental health concerns as successfully as we do any other physical illness or injury.”
- In any given week, 500,000 Canadians are unable to work due to mental health problems or illnesses.
- Evidence shows that, compared to the general population, first responders are at least twice as likely to suffer from PTSD due to the risk of frequent exposure to traumatic stressors.
- Prevalence of PTSD within Canadian general population is 8 per cent; prevalence of PTSD within emergency services personnel is between 16 and 24 per cent
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