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North Bay Police Association hires psychotherapist for officers with PTSD


August 2, 2019
By Staff

The North Bay Police Association has retained the services of a psychotherapist, Kelly Morgan.

Ivan Ryman, an executive member of the association and a forensic identification officer told My West Nipissing Now, post-traumatic stress disorder is now more prevalent and it’s impacting local officers.

He says Morgan can get rapid help to a member in need rather than have the person wait “until at some point we do a peer support or debriefing.”

According to the news source (find the link here), Chief Scott Tod welcomed what the police association is doing. More below:

Tod says the police department already provides services for the members but says it’s “nice to see the association spend money in regards to their employees’ well-being.”

“It’s a fantastic opportunity for our members to have immediate access to healthcare,” he said.

Tod says the additional service helps to enhance what the department currently offers.

Tod says he’s aware of some police departments also providing this additional service to its personnel because PTSD and occupational stress injuries are on the rise.