• Stephen Lecce, MPP

Ontario Taking Steps to Improve Mental Health Supports for First Responders and Public Safety

Updated: Mar 18

February 01, 2021

The Ontario government is establishing four new mental health collaborative tables to better support the mental health and well-being of policing, fire, corrections, and paramedic services personnel. The tables will help inform actions to change behaviours that stigmatize those struggling with mental health challenges, achieve a healthier work-life balance, promote mental health resiliency, and build awareness of supports, treatments and recovery options. "Ontario's public safety personnel and first responders see and experience incidents on a daily basis that most of us never have to face and this can have a severe impact on their well-being," said Solicitor General Sylvia Jones. "We are supporting collaboration among those working in these sectors, individuals with lived experience and leading experts because we want to make sure that these important frontline workers have the supports and tools they need to take care of their mental health." Creating mental health collaborative tables is a key recommendation in the Ontario Chief Coroner's Expert Panel's report Staying Visible, Staying Connected, For Life which called for more information and resources to help officers and first responders deal with mental health issues. The tables will bring together individuals fro