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Nova Scotia continuing first responder mental health pilot program

June 28, 2024 
By Jared Dodds


June 28, 2024, Nova Scotia — The public safety personnel mental health program piloted by the province of Nova Scotia is set to continue.

PSPNET launched in February 2022 as a free, confidential program that offers cognitive behavioural therapy for people experiencing anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The eight- to 16-week program was developed by clinicians and researchers at the University of Regina to meet the unique needs of the estimated 7,700 first responders and public safety personnel in Nova Scotia.

“We know many first responders face mental health challenges due to the nature of their work,” said Minister of Addictions and Mental Health Brian Comer in a press release. “We want to make sure they have the tools and supports they need to take care of themselves, so they can continue to be there for us when we need them.”

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First responders and public safety personnel are four times more likely than the general public to experience a mental health disorder, the province reported.


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