First responders keeping an eye on proposal to declare PTSD a workplace injury

http://www.owensoundsuntimes.com/ A Bruce County paramedic who helped to launch the national “I’ve got your back 911” mental health awareness campaign for first responders says the province’s announcement of a new post-traumatic stress strategy for emergency workers is a step in the right direction. But Jill Foster says it doesn’t go far enough and it’s crucial READ MORE

8 deaths so far in 2016: Canada’s first responder PTSD crisis

http://globalnews.ca/ At least four paramedics and four police officers have killed themselves this year across Canada. And those are just the ones we know about. “These are the suicides that have been reported to us that we are able to confirm,” says Vince Savoia, founder and executive director of The Tema Conter Memorial Trust. Toronto READ MORE

EMS professionals, advocates and artists bring needed attention to PTSD

From ems1.com It is critical for EMTs and paramedics to check in with one another and advocate nationally for recognition of PTSD as a work-related illness By Arthur Hsieh Our EMS colleagues in Canada have been making headway in getting post-traumatic stress disorder recognized as a work-related illness. Ontario may follow Manitoba and Alberta’s move last READ MORE