From the Director's Desk

As we face the upcoming seasonal change and the rush of back to school, we would like to thank you for taking the time to read our newsletter. This month's newsletter will take a moment to recognize Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and World First Aid Day, provide information on our courses and enrollment, share about Dr. Nicholas Carleton's recent appearance on The Question Professional podcast, and a share information on a mental health tip centered on loneliness. 

We are delighted to announce that we are now offering the Spouse or Significant Other Wellbeing Course. This course was designed for spouses or significant others of current or former Public Safety Personnel. The course provides free education and guidance on simple techniques for managing various mental health concerns. More about the course and information on how to enroll can be found in the New and Upcoming section of this newsletter. 

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

PSPNET is dedicated to supporting suicide prevention efforts. 
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, there are people you can talk to:

- Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSC) 1-833-456-4566
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSC) in Quebec 1-866-APPELLE
To learn more about suicide prevention efforts for PSP, please click here
First aid saves lives. In recognition of World First Aid Day, we would like to encourage everyone to get their first aid training, and thank those who have already done so. Together we can make our communities safer. 

Who Are We Helping?

      89,454 people have visited our website
      920 PSP have completed the assessment process
      657 PSP have started one of our therapist-guided programs
      433 PSP have fully completed one of our therapist-guided programs
      133 PSP have enrolled in our self-guided Wellbeing program

      98% would refer the program to a friend
      99% reported the program was worth their time
      90% reported increased confidence in managing their symptoms. 
** Metrics provided in this newsletter are up to August 31, 2022 **
Click here to see a full list of our service outcomes

New and Upcoming

Self-Guided Wellbeing Course for PSP offered in French

The PSPNET team has been working hard to translate the Self-Guided PSP Wellbeing Course into French. The launch of the course was September 23rd, 2022

Those interested in participating can email with their full name and preferred email address to enroll in the online eligibility screening. 

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 two months of offering the SSO Wellbeing Course, 118 SSOs have enrolled in the online eligibility screening and 68 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

The Quiet Professional - Podcast

This podcast is presented by the Edmonton Police Association and explores various aspects of law enforcement. Episode 13 features Dr. Nicholas Carleton, PSPNET's Co-Investigator. In the episode, Dr. Carleton discusses various topics, such as research practices and studies on PTSD. 

Mental Health Tip


Is a common feeling among Canadians that occurs when our close relationships aren't meeting our social needs. People experience loneliness when they feel like they don't fit in, aren't receiving support from those around them, lose important relationships, or when they are alone. When people experience loneliness, they can get caught up in a cycle of loneliness thinking. This cycle is when the feelings of loneliness leads to a belief that one doesn't fit in. Believing that you don't fit in makes it even harder to reach out and build those important relationships, thereby strengthening the belief you don't fit in. 

Social support is an incredibly important aspect of mental well-being. Feeling lonely is a good indicator that you may require additional or different social support. 

Here are some things you can try to address feelings of loneliness:

  • Try to understand why you are feeling lonely, for example: are you isolated from others or are you experiencing loneliness when you are with others? Understanding the cause of your loneliness will allow you to develop a practical plan to address it. 
  • Challenge the belief that you do not fit in, if that is something you are feeling.
  • Try not to compare yourself to others--especially other people's online personas, which are often misleading. 
  • Actively try to increase time spent with others, while acknowledging that building relationships takes time.
  • If you are transitioning (for example: moving to a new city), allow yourself time to build new relationships.
Persistent or long-term loneliness can increase one's risk of developing depression, anxiety or other health problems. Please consider reaching each out to a mental health professional if you feel loneliness negatively affects your life. 

To learn more about loneliness, please click here.  

Source: Canadian Mental Health Association. (2018). Coping with Loneliness. URL:

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Find out more about the courses we offer:
Therapist-Guided PSP Wellbeing Course
Therapist-Guided PSP PTSD Course
Self-Guided Wellbeing Course
Self-Guided Spouse or Significant Other Wellbeing Course
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