Public Safety Personnel Resource Page – What Mental Health Professionals Need to Know

Link to the recorded webinar

Link to the presentation slide deck

Link to the CE Credit Quiz


Resources from Dr. Milliard

Guidelines for the Practice and Training of Peer Support 

The document is comprised of two sets of guidelines. The two sets of Guidelines are intended to provide direction to policy makers, decision makers, program leaders and the Canadian public about the practice of peer support. The two sets of Guidelines offer elements for the practice of peer support and an outline of the underlying values, principles of practice, skills, and abilities of supporters. Source: Mental Health Commission of Canada 

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Dr. Beth Millard

Ombudsman Report: In the Line of Duty Investigation into how the Ontario Provincial Police and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services have addressed operational stress injuries affecting police officers. 

Utilization and Impact of Peer-Support Programs on Police Officers’ Mental Health  Milliard B. (2020). Utilization and Impact of Peer-Support Programs on Police Officers’ Mental Health. Front. Psychol. 11:1686. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01686 

Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT)  As part of the National Research Consortium, CIPSRT serves as the Knowledge Exchange Hub for knowledge synthesis, translation, and exchange that relies upon the best contemporary research evidence supporting an overall mission to help current and former public safety personnel, their leaders, and their families to maintain and improve their mental health and well-being. Source: CIPSRT

PSP Mental Health Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) established PSP Mental Health (.ca) to provide access to mental health support and programs available to Canadian public safety personnel (PSP) and their families. Public Safety Canada defines public safety personnel (PSP) as those who ensure the safety and security of Canadians. PSP include, but are not necessarily limited to:

  • border services officers; 
  • correctional workers; 
  • career and volunteer firefighters; 
  • Indigenous emergency managers; 
  • municipal, provincial, and federal police; 
  • operational intelligence personnel; 
  • paramedics; 
  • public safety communicators; and, 
  • search and rescue personnel. 

Practical Considerations for Preventing Police Suicide– A 2022 Book with a chapter by Dr. Milliard

Stress, Coping, burnout and mental health in the Irish Police Force– A 2024 article

Road to Mental Readiness Program research