Ontario Boosting Mental Health Support for First Responders
Province Partnering with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby
Ontario is partnering with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences in Whitby to develop a mobile app that will provide information about mental health, allow for self-assessment of symptoms and help Durham Regional Police Service's officers and staff find appropriate clinical services when needed.
This project will help mitigate barriers to mental health support and treatment and improve awareness and acceptance of mental health issues among first responders. Real-time information will be tailored specifically to individual needs and will be easily accessible. It will also help improve well-being, which will lead to reduced police service costs through reduced sick days and leaves of absence.
This project is part of the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program (OHSPIP), which supports workplace-focused innovation projects and collaborative partnerships that lead to improvements in occupational health and safety in Ontario.
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.
- The 2017-18 funding for OHSPIP is about $1.68 million.
- This project will receive up to $174,605 in support from Ontario.
- 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.
“This year’s Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program projects are helping Ontario to make progress toward our goal of ensuring every worker goes home safe at the end of their shift. By working with excellent partners like Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences on advancing mental health support, we can make a positive difference in the lives of our workforce for generations to come.”
“I’m very pleased to work with Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences on improving mental health support in Durham. Investing in programs like the Occupational Health, Safety and Prevention Innovation Program has helped to make Ontario the safest place to work in Canada and among the safest in the world.”
“Investing in the Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences supports health and safety innovation. This project will help improve the lives of first responders in our communities and work to mitigate barriers to mental health support. I want to congratulate the Ontario Shores Centre for their leadership and ongoing commitment to workplace mental health for first responders.”