The Canadian government will reportedly invest millions of dollars in an effort to better identify, treat, and prevent post-traumatic stress among public safety workers.
According to the Windsor Star, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) will award 22 one-year grants of up to $150,000 to researchers studying the issue.
The CIHR is also investing $8.4 million in team grants in a PTSI competition which will support four-year research projects designed to develop the new research evidence and tools needed to address gaps in PTSI among public safety personnel with the results of the competition becoming available in March 2020.
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale said in a press release, "Our country must do more to protect the mental well-being of public safety officers on the job. The initiatives highlighted … will help address gaps in PTSI research and inform long-term plans to support the mental health and well-being of our public safety personnel."