Ottawa Police Approve Mental Health Plan For Officers

Ottawa police will begin offering formalized mental health peer support to officers in the new year, the Citizen has learned.

The force’s executive has approved a business plan to see the force invest in both efforts to build up officer mental health and then devote resources to developing a program in which cops help other cops through their mental health challenges, said Deputy Chief Ed Keeley.

The Ottawa Police Association, influenced by the findings of provincial ombudsman André Marin’s 2012 investigation into operational stress injury — an umbrella term that includes diagnoses such as workplace stress and post-traumatic stress disorder — in the Ontario Provincial Police, created what is now called the resiliency and performance group, or RPG. Association president Matt Skof and Keeley co-chair the group.

The union felt that cops couldn’t trust the service’s health practitioners and that generic wellness or employee and family assistance programs couldn’t adequately deal with the unique complexities of a police culture.

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