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Government charts path toward supporting occupational PTSD sufferers

Framework aimed at people whose jobs put them at greater risk


February 14, 2020
By the Canadian Press
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The Canadian government has released its plan to improve support for those with occupational PTSD. (pololia/Adobe Stock)

OTTAWA (CP) — The federal government has released its plan to improve support for people who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

The plan from Health Minister Patty Hajdu — the Federal Framework on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Recognition, collaboration and support — charts a path for how the government approaches occupational PTSD, considering supports can vary province to province and workplace to workplace.

It outlines how the government will improve tracking of the disorder, and the associated economic and social costs, as well as develop guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.

It also outlines ways to share best practices and distribute standardized educational material to public health care providers across the country.

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While the framework is aimed at people whose jobs put them at greater risk of developing PTSD, such as first responders, military members and health workers, it also recognizes that anyone who develops the disorder under traumatic circumstances should be considered in the government’s actions.

The plan is the result of consultation with government ministries, PTSD specialists and sufferers who attended a two-day conference last year.

“I am deeply grateful to the Canadians who helped develop this framework by sharing their stories, challenges and triumphs in dealing with PTSD,” Hajdu said in a release. “We know there is more to do, but this framework will allow us to move forward and better support those dealing with PTSD.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada appointed a PTSD secretariat to lead the effort on putting together the framework last year, and carry it forward as knowledge about the disorder evolves with time.

The Public Health Agency of Canada will review the plan in five years to see how well it is working.

Copyright (c) 2020 The Canadian Press


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1 Comment » for Government charts path toward supporting occupational PTSD sufferers
  1. Hi. I am a former volunteer firefighter and long-term care worker. The combination of the two have left me diagnosed with Ptsd.
    As a result, I am now unable to work and am on WCB. While I am working hard on my recovery, I am also helping others with PTSD. As a blogger and peer to peer support. I am also involved politically trying to affect change. I would love the opportunity to speak or help in your cause in some way.
    Thanks

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