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Therapy program for first responders continues in Nova Scotia

June 28, 2024  By Blue Line Staff

June 28, 2024, Halifax, N.S. – A program aimed at improving the mental health of first responders and public safety personnel (PSP) in Nova Scotia is moving out of its pilot stage. The announcement came on PTSD Awareness Day in Canada.

“We know many first responders face mental health challenges due to the nature of their work,” said Brian Comer, Minister of Addictions and Mental Health. “PSPNET is a service designed to meet the unique mental health needs of first responders. We want to make sure they have the tools and supports they need to take care of themselves, so they can continue to be there for us when we need them.”

PSPNET is described as a free, confidential program that offers cognitive behavioural therapy for people experiencing anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). “The service is open to paramedics, police, firefighters, correctional workers, search and rescue personnel, 911 operators, border services officers and others in public safety across Nova Scotia,” the province shared in a press release. The program’s eight to 16 week duration combines online learning with real-time support from clinical therapists with expertise in post-traumatic stress.

Volunteer first responders can also access mental health and addictions support through the Nova Scotia Volunteer Firefighter and Ground Search and Rescue Assistance Program, which launched in February.

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