Ontario Marks Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day
TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government issued the following statement in recognition of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day in Ontario:
"While post-traumatic stress can affect anyone, police officers, paramedics, firefighters and corrections staff are particularly at risk. And during this unprecedented time, we are grateful for these brave individuals who confront the unique challenges of their jobs with the added stress of exposure to COVID-19. Today, on PTSD Awareness Day, we recognize the effects post-traumatic stress can have on the lives of those affected by it and reaffirm our commitment to protecting the health and well-being of our frontline heroes."
— Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General
"PTSD can have a significant impact on all of us, especially those who have dedicated their lives to serving others. This year, our health care heroes have demonstrated incredible strength and dedication in our fight against COVID-19. That's why our government has expanded online mental health resources like internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to ensure our health care frontline heroes have fast and easy access to services they need during this unprecedented time."
- Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
"Every day, PTSD touches the lives of people and their families across Ontario, including our frontline heroes. Earlier this year, our government unveiled Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario's Mental Health and Addictions System. Through our plan, we will address the unique needs of those impacted by work-related stress or trauma. We look forward to engaging with all first responders, so we can ensure they have access to the highest quality services and supports, where and when they need them."
- Michael Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions
"PTSD is a significant risk to the health and well-being of our frontline workers, especially now during the COVID-19 outbreak. These brave individuals are there for us when we need them, and it is our duty to return that support. That is why, last year, I was proud to table the PTSD Awareness Act and demonstrate our government's commitment to making mental health a priority. Now more than ever, we must acknowledge the threat of PTSD and its impacts on Ontarians."
— Will Bouma, MPP for Brantford-Brant
Where to Find Help
- For Ontarians currently receiving mental health and addictions services and supports, please contact your current service provider to learn about potential virtual care options.
- Ontarians interested in public addictions services and mental health services for those over 18, can contact ConnexOntario, Ontario's mental health, addictions and problem gambling help line at 1-866-531-2600.
- Children and youth under 18 can locate mental health services through the Ontario.ca and Kids Help Phone websites, or contact Kids Help Phone (1-800-668-6868) for 24/7 telephone support if they need someone to talk to.
- Good2Talk is a free, confidential mental health support service providing professional counselling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being to postsecondary students in Ontario, 24/7/365. Learn more at www.good2talk.ca.
- To access BounceBack and their guided self-help program using workbooks with phone coaching support, visit bouncebackontario.ca or ask your primary care provider for a referral.
- Ontario Expands Virtual Mental Health Services During COVID-19
- Investing $18.3 million in Mental Health to improve community safety and support frontline workers in the justice sector
- Roadmap to Wellness: A Plan to Build Ontario’s Mental Health and Addictions System
- Mental health initiatives for Ontario students
- Ontario Improving OPP Workplace Culture
- Supporting OPP Personnel and their Families Dealing with Mental Health Challenges
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Prevention Plans: Support for frontline workers