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Supporting Research to Enhance Care for Psychiatric Workers with PTSD

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Supporting Research to Enhance Care for Psychiatric Workers with PTSD

Province Supporting Project at Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

Ministry of Labour

Ontario is helping Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care carry out research into preventing posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mental health care providers, and ensuring those with PTSD receive timely support to return to work. 

The research will examine workplace events associated with PTSD at psychiatric hospitals, examine barriers to accessing supports to prevent and alleviate PTSD symptoms and help build workplace plans to reduce PTSD and encourage psychiatric workers to seek help.

This is part of Ontario's Research Opportunities Program, which supports projects that improve occupational health and safety for workers across the province and create better workplaces for all hard-working people in the province. Research partnerships between the province and Ontario universities, health care organizations and research institutes contribute to the development of appropriate interventions to prevent injuries and illness, and help inform changes to legislation to improve workplace safety.

Improving occupational health and safety is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $240,281 in this project, which is part of the province’s Research Opportunities Program (ROP).
  • This year, Ontario is supporting nine research projects across the province through the Research Opportunities Program, including Cancer Care Ontario, which will receive $478,537 to research the risks of getting cancer when exposed to contemporary asbestos and to survey hazardous levels of radon in workplaces. Ryerson University will receive $60,000 to conduct a feasibility study to develop a tool to help companies identify occupational hazards in the workplace. The Institute for Work & Health will receive $199,152 to review and evaluate emergency records to improve information on worker health protection, and the University of Toronto will receive $277,260 to help safety professionals in the construction sector measure, evaluate and improve safety culture and performance in their organizations.
  • Since 2003, Ontario’s annual rate of workplace injuries has dropped by more than 50 per cent, making the province’s workplaces the safest in Canada and among the safest in the world.

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“Mental health in the workplace is an issue that demands the attention of everyone from employers and employees to unions and the government. That’s why in 2016 we introduced a five-point strategy including legislation aimed at preventing PTSD in first responders. It is my hope, working together with Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care, that this new research will help us take down barriers to support and give our workers the help that they need.”

Kevin Flynn

Minister of Labour

“At Waypoint, our mission is to improve the lives of those with mental illness and addiction. To do this it’s critical that our staff feel healthy and safe when they come to work at our hospital. I want to thank the Government of Ontario for its partnership and support. By researching PTSD in mental health care providers, we have the potential to improve the lives of psychiatric workers across this province which we know in turn will improve the outcomes for mental health care patients and clients.”

Carol Lambie

President and CEO, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care

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