Simcoe County paramedic celebrating passing of PTSD bill By Janis Ramsay Today is an important day for paramedic Natalie Harris. The Barrie resident lives with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and is celebrating the province’s passing of the Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act, which allows faster access to benefits and treatment through Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). “The first responder family is READ MORE

‘Capital-to-Capital’ bikers raise awareness of PTSD in first responders Marie-Julie Cosenzo is daunted by the thought of crossing the bridge into Gatineau. “Just going to Hull even is very difficult for me. It just brings back too much pain,” Cosenzo said. Cosenzo, who lives in Ottawa and has been a paramedic with the Coopérative des Paramédics de l’Outaouais for almost nine years, hasn’t been READ MORE

Mississauga firefighters first in Ontario to receive new mental-health training By Chantal Da Silva, CBC News New training program teaches first responders how to spot early warning signs of PTSD Firefighters in Mississauga are the first in the province to benefit from a new program that aims to help first responders cope with the impact of post-traumatic stress disorder. The Road to Mental Readiness READ MORE

Ontario announces new PTSD strategy for first responders Province focuses on prevention, reducing stigma Ontario is putting in place a number of new initiatives to help prevent or mitigate the risk of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among first responders. Evidence shows that first responders such as police personnel, firefighters and paramedics are at least twice as likely as the general population to READ MORE