PSP Mental Health was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). The purpose of this website is to provide a list of mental health support available to Canadian public safety personnel (PSP) and their families.

According to Public Safety Canada, public safety personnel (PSP) is a broad term that encompasses personnel who ensure the safety and security of Canadians. PSP include, but are not limited to, border services officers, correctional workers, firefighters, indigenous emergency managers, municipal/provincial police, operational intelligence personnel, paramedics, RCMP, as well as search and rescue personnel.

*** In providing this list, we are not endorsing any of these mental health support programs and services. ***

Meet Our Team

Dr. Jill Price
University of Regina
Dr. Nick Carleton
University of Regina
Dr. Amber Fletcher
University of Regina
Dr. Rose Ricciardelli
Memorial University
Dr. Greg Anderson
Thompson Rivers University

Frequently Asked Questions

According to Public Safety Canada, public safety personnel (PSP) is a broad term that encompasses personnel who ensure the safety and security of Canadians. PSP include, but are not limited to, border services officers, correctional workers, firefighters, indigenous emergency managers, municipal/provincial police, operational intelligence personnel, paramedics, RCMP, as well as search and rescue personnel.

PSP Mental Health was funded by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR) in partnership with the University of Regina and the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT).

No. In providing this list, the research team is not endorsing any of these mental health support programs and services.

PSP Mental Health is designed for public safety personnel (PSP) and their family members. Family members include spouses/partners, children (18 +), children (under 18), as well as their friends. We have also highlighted programs and services that are inclusive to military and veterans, as well as funeral directors, lawyers, professional healthcare providers, professional mental healthcare providers, social workers, and teachers.

Animal-Based = mental health support that provides companionship via animals (e.g., dogs, horses) to assist in the physical and/or psychological well-being of an individual and/or group of participants

Biofeedback Therapy = mental health support in which electronic monitoring of a normal autonomic bodily function is used to train someone to acquire voluntary control of that function by means of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other professional mental healthcare provider

Crisis Intervention = mental health support that provides immediate, short-term assistance to an individual and/or group of participants during or after exposure to a potentially psychologically traumatic event

Medical Cannabis = mental health support that provides information and guidance on the use of medically prescribed cannabis to assist in the physical and/or psychological well-being of an individual and/or group of participants

Mental Health Retreat = mental health support that provides a quiet or secluded accommodation for groups of participants to rest and relax (never includes treatment but may include information)

Mental Health Workshop = mental health support that provides information and/or training to groups of participants over at least two sessions (never includes treatment but may include accommodation)

Peer Support = mental health support that builds supportive relationships between people who have a lived common experience to reduce stigma and normalize mental health challenges

Psychotherapy = mental health support that provides psychological treatment designed to improve or resolve mental health challenges by means of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or other professional mental healthcare provider

Residential Care = mental health support that provides information and psychological treatment for an individual and/or group of participants by means of a professional mental healthcare provider (typically includes inpatient accommodation and/or outpatient support)

Resource = mental health support that only provides information either in-person or online for individual to assist their own mental well-being

Spiritual = mental health support that provides spiritual information and/or guidance for an individual and/or group of participants (never includes psychological treatment)

Yes, free self-assessment tools can be found on the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) website.

Yes, the PSP Mental Health website is a free service.

Yes, the comparison feature can help users distinguish similarities and differences between two mental health support programs or services.

Anonymity means that the identity of the client is kept private. In other words, even if summoned by the court of law, the facilitator could not divulge the identity of their clients. Conversely, confidentiality means that information shared by the client is kept private.

Currently, no organization has declared a mental health support programs or services that is available exclusively to non-binary PSP.

Currently, no organization has declared a mental health support programs or services that offers specialization in cultures other than Indigenous.

June 22, 2021.

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