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Friday, March 29, 2019

Mental Health Program Announced for OPP

Regional | by Jill Young  

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services Sylvia Jones says the OPP are in a "mental health crisis".

The Ontario government made an announcement today on a support program to help with work related stress for OPP personnel.

Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Dufferin-Caledon MPP Sylvia Jones said today in a press conference that the challenges and demands of those that work with the force, can have a severe impact on their mental health.

Jones says the OPP is facing a "mental health crisis", and supporting our front-line officers is her "greatest priority".

The program funded by the government and run by the Ontario Provincial Police Association, will provide more mental health resources than what's available right now.

The new program will offer a one-stop approach to care so individuals can be connected to the most appropriate mental health supports as quickly as possible.

There will also be access to employee and family assistance programs, and crisis intervention specialists such as psychiatrists and mental health facilities.

13 OPP officers have taken their lives since 2012.

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