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Canada’s public safety personnel − correctional officers, dispatchers, firefighters, paramedics and police officers − face high-stress situations. What mental health disorders do they face and what support do they need due to their strenuous jobs?
Wilfrid Laurier University Associate Professor Renée MacPhee joined the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) to research this critical question.
MacPhee is an associate director at CIPSRT, a national network that brings together leading researchers and stakeholders to improve the mental health of Canada’s public safety personnel – a vital area of research, according to recent CIPSRT findings in a new national survey of these workers.
“CIPSRT aims to develop wellness research, evidence-based practices, policies and programs for all Canadian public safety personnel, their organizations, families and communities,” says MacPhee.
MacPhee has worked with paramedics for 25 years and leads the institute’s research on the approximately 38,000 paramedics in Canada. She will also explore how the families and friends of public safety personnel can be impacted by the nature of their work.
MacPhee will initially focus on CIPSRT’s work in relation to paramedics before she and her colleagues can begin exploring what research might have the most positive impact on the lives of public safety personnel.