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his year in Canada, 26 first responders and five military
members have died by their own hand. At the current rate,
this may be the worst year for suicides, surpassing the
40 first responders and 17 military personnel who died last year.
University of Regina researchers are leading efforts to understand and treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in first
responders, eradicate those horrific statistics, and improve first
responder quality of life.
Researchers recently conducted a massive study of Peer Support
and Crisis Intervention Programs, identifying an urgent need
for more research to inform practices. Since 2014, nearly 700
patients have received University researchers’ Internet Delivered
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy; it was efficient, effective, and well
received, with huge potential for first responders. Working with
public safety leaders, researchers will launch the first Canada-wide standardized mental health assessment for public safety
personnel to support broad availability for treatment.
The University of Regina is also leading a multi-university,
multinational, interdisciplinary effort to identify causes of PTSD
with leading-edge technologies, while evaluating integrating
interventions into training and service for public safety personnel.
Building on its growing expertise, the University is collaborating
with institutions coast-to-coast to establish the Canadian Institute
for Public Safety Research and Treatment, an institute dedicated
to research and treatment of public safety personnel stress injuries.
RESEARCH THAT HAS IMPACT
Researchers at the University of Regina are working
to improve PTSD treatment for first responders