Supporting the Wellbeing of Public Safety Personnel
Issue: March 2021
From the Director's Desk 
Greetings from the PSPNET team, 

We hope you are enjoying the warmer weather, as we approach spring. In February, the PSPNET team was busy raising awareness about the availability of the PSPNET for Public Safety Personnel (PSP) in Saskatchewan and Quebec.
  • On February 23, 2021, I provided a deep dive into PSPNET and the outcomes of our first year in service in Saskatchewan. If you weren't able to attend the webinar, you can find a link to the video under "Recent Media" in this newsletter. 
  • Dr. Jody Burnett, our lead clinician for Saskatchewan was interviewed by several media outlets in Saskatchewan. The links to the news articles and interviews have been posted on our website.  
  • Dr. Amélie Fournier, our lead clinician for Quebec was interviewed by Cité Boomers to provide an overview of our program. You can read her interview here
As of February 28, 2021, we have 151 clients from Saskatchewan and 47 clients from Quebec who are enrolled in our courses. 

We are also excited to announce the launch of our French PSPNET Facebook page focused on reaching French-speaking PSP and first responders. Please feel free to share and like the page to help us get the word out to French-speaking PSP. 

The PSPNET team has welcomed a new clinician, Cheryl Hymus-Fraser to our Saskatchewan team in February. You can find out more about Cheryl in the "Meet our new clinician" section of this issue. We also provide a tip for your mental health, along with an update on our outcomes, and outreach efforts. 

Thank you for your interest in our services and for taking the time to read this newsletter. Please feel free to contact us if you require any additional information or have any questions. 

You can get the word out about our service to any public safety personnel and first responders in your lives by forwarding this email to others. 
Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos
Director of PSPNET
Find out more about the courses we offer
PSP Wellbeing Course (Available in Saskatchewan and Quebec)
PSP PTSD Course (Available in Saskatchewan)
Who are we helping?
Metrics provided in this newsletter are up to February 28, 2021. 
Breakdown of clients enrolled by sectors in Saskatchewan
Breakdown of clients enrolled by sectors in Quebec
  • 35731 people have visited our website,
  • 215 PSP have completed a telephone assessment.
  • 198 PSP have started treatment.
  • 124 have fully completed the program. 
  • 60 remain active in treatment. 
What clients are saying
  • 97% agreed that PSPNET was worth their time.
  • 96% of PSP would refer PSPNET to a friend.
  • 88% of PSP reported increased confidence in managing their symptoms. 
What some of our clients are saying this month:
  • "I found the combination of education, encouragement, and progressive manageable skill-building made a noticeable difference in my day-to-day life."
  • "This course gave me the tools required to control and evaluate my mental health."
  • "I’m so glad I signed up for this course. It really has made a big difference in the quality of my day-to-day life and I feel very optimistic for the future."
Click here to see a full list of our service outcomes
Meet our new clinician
Cheryl Hymus-Fraser joined us in February as a clinical research associate and will be working with public safety personnel in Saskatchewan. Cheryl is a registered Social Worker through the Saskatchewan Association of Social Workers.  She has her Master of Social Work from the University of Windsor. Cheryl has been working with individuals and families in the human services field for over 15 years’ in both Saskatchewan and Ontario, as well as the United Kingdom, and has over a decade of experience providing individual and group counselling to adults and youth. 
Tip for your mental health
Not surprisingly, many PSP tell us how much their mental health is improved when they spend time working out, even if briefly. Research also consistently shows that exercise has a positive impact on mental health. It’s a great way to release tension, buffer us from the impacts of stress, and energize our bodies and brains.

After the short days and cold weather, physical exercise outdoors might be a refreshing way to reset yourself. Here are a few brief tips to make time for exercise:
  1. Start small and build up;
  2. Schedule it in;
  3. Choose an activity you enjoy or make the activity more enjoyable by adding in music; 
  4. Consider doing an activity with someone else - it will increase your accountability; and
  5. Remember it is rarely the case that we regret spending time exercising.
Wishing you all a happy exercise session!
We have had extensive contact with various PSP organizations and agencies to promote PSPNET. 
  • 2081 people have attended PSPNET presentations across various PSP organizations. 
  • 437 presentations, meetings, and stakeholders surveys have been completed. 
  • 330 organizations have been provided with PSPNET promotional materials.
  • 246 organizations have agreed to refer PSPNET.
  • 174 organizations and agencies have incorporated PSPNET into their workplace practices. 
Recent Media
  1. Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos' webinar takes a deep dive into PSPNET and discusses what factors appear to make ICBT effective, including describing the most important skills and features of PSPNET that help PSP improve their mental health. Outcomes from the first year of service were also shared. Watch Video
  2. Dr. Jody Burnett's interview on CTV News provides an overview of how our service is helping PSP. Watch Video. You can find additional news articles from media in Saskatchewan on our website here
  3. Dr. Amélie Fournier's interview with Cité Boomers to provide an overview of our program can be found here
Request a presentation or PSPNET promotional materials
If you would like us to provide a presentation to your organization or send promotional materials (wallet cards, magnets, postcards) in English and French, contact us by email at or phone at 306-337-7233 or toll-free at 1-833-317-7233. 
Download our promotional materials
  • Click here to download a PDF of our poster. 
  • Click here to download a PDF of our PSP Wellbeing Course postcard. 
  • Click here to download a PDF of our PSP PTSD Course postcard. 
  • Click here to download a PDF of our service delivery outcomes infographic with metrics as of February 28, 2021.
Thank you to our partners and funders
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