From the Director's Desk


Thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter, I know that the summer can be a busy time, especially as school approaches. This month our newsletter will cover our information on our courses and enrollment, the 2022 Champions of Mental Health Award, a resource on how PSP can manage the impacts of the opioid crisis, and a mental health tip on burnout. 

Thank you for your interest in our services and for taking the time to read this newsletter. Please contact us if you require any additional information or have any questions.
Dr. Heather Hadjistavropoulos
Director of PSPNET

Who Are We Helping?

      82,542 people have visited our website
      681 PSP have completed a telephone assessment
      642 PSP have started our therapist-guided program
      417 PSP have fully completed our therapist-guided program

      98% would refer the program to a friend
      99% reported the program was worth their time
      92% reported increased confidence in managing their symptoms. 
** Metrics provided in this newsletter are up to July 31, 2022 **
Click here to see a full list of our service outcomes

New and Upcoming

Nominations Open for CIPRST's 2022 Champions of Mental Health Award

If you know someone who makes a difference in the mental health and wellbeing of people in their PSP organizations, you can nominate them for this year's Champion of Mental Health Award! Nominee's will be evaluated by criteria such as their willingness to speak about their mental health journey, their commitment to decreasing mental health stigma, their contribution to creating mental health resources and initiatives, and more. Nominations are open until September 10th. 

To learn more please visit:

Spouse or Significant Other (SSO) Wellbeing course

In July, the PSPNET Families Wellbeing Hub team implemented a free, self-guided, wellbeing course for spouses or significant others (SSO) of PSP. The program is designed to support SSOs with symptoms of low mood, depression, worry, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress disorder. If this course would be beneficial for yourself as a spouse or significant other of a PSP, please email with your full name and preferred email address to enroll in the online eligibility screening. 

In the first month of offering the SSO Wellbeing Course, 28 SSOs have enrolled in the online eligibility screening and 21 of those have completed the eligibility screening and been enrolled in the course.

To learn more about the SSO Wellbeing Course, please visit:

Media Spotlight

Ask a Clinician: How do Public Safety Personnel deal with the Opioid Crisis?

This month's media spot light is a video posted by CIPRST that covers how public safety personnel can protect their mental health from the impacts of the opioid crisis. We chose this media spotlight to recognize International Overdose Awareness Day on August 31st.

Mental Health Tip

Public Safety Personnel are no strangers to the experience of burnout, which can be characterized by feeling emotionally and physically exhausted, unappreciated, and overwhelmed. The long-lasting nature of burnout can cause a significant toll on one's health and work performance, and if left untreated, can lead to the development of serious conditions, such as clinical depression. 

Burnout causes reduced energy, low motivation, increases in errors, headaches, irritability, frustration, and suspicion. Despite the highly impactful symptoms people often downgrade or dismiss what they are experiencing. This can be seen in their self-talk, such as "I'm fine," "This too will pass," "I really want to be helpful," or "I'll take a vacation and then be okay."

While not easy, it is important to recognize if you are experiencing any signs of burnout. If you are experiencing even minor signs of burnout it may be time to try and implement some prevention strategies.

Burnout Prevention Strategies:

  • Refresh your skills - be open to new ways of doing things that may boost efficiency
  • Take your breaks - frequent breaks during the day help increase productivity! Clear your mind, relax or move your body, or chat with a co-worker.
  • Engage and connect with those around you - this can break up the day and make your workplace feel like more than just a job. 
For more information or to take a Risk for Burnout Quiz, click here.

Source: Mental Health Strategies on Health. 2021. Prevent Burnout: Strategies to help identify risks and prevent burnout yourself. 

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