'PTSD affects many Canadians, and it also affects their families, friends and loved ones'
The federal government has released a new framework for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) that aims to guide the government in supporting those affected with the disorder. The focus of the framework is on occupation-related PTSD.
"PTSD affects many Canadians, and it also affects their families, friends and loved ones. Canadians struggling with PTSD deserve a government that supports them every step of the way, and that's exactly what we will continue doing,” said Minister of Health Patty Hajdu. “We know there is more to do, but this framework will allow us to move forward and better support those dealing with PTSD."
The government consulted with experts across the country in the development of the framework. It said that it recognizes the diversity of occupational groups at higher risk of developing PTSD and the need for a coordinated approach to support those affected. The framework notes the role employers play in reducing workers’ risk of developing PTSD.
“Employers must think ahead and act proactively to minimize or protect against psychological injuries and promote psychological wellbeing,” it said.
The government hopes the plan will ensure greater collaboration with its partners, reduce stigma surrounding PTSD, and promote best practices around diagnosis, treatment and management.
PTSD is a mental disorder that may occur following a potentially traumatic event involving exposure to actual or threatened death, serious injury or sexual violence.
In April 2019, the government released Supporting Canada's Public Safety Personnel: An Action Plan on Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries, which supports research, prevention, early intervention, stigma reduction, care and treatment for all types of public safety personnel across the country. The new framework builds on and complements the action plan as well as other PTSD-related activities currently underway, the government said.