Ontario Recognizing Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day for the First Time in the Province's History

Published on June 27, 2019

BRANTFORD — Today, Ontario's Government for the People issued the following statement in recognition of the first Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day:

"Police officers, firefighters, paramedics, correctional officers, dispatchers, probation and parole officers, Crown attorneys, nurses and other justice sector workers have incredibly difficult jobs and come face to face with difficult situations. That's why I am proud to have proposed PTSD Awareness Day in Ontario. Our government made a commitment to make mental health a priority. Today is an example of one more way we're supporting Ontarians on their journey toward mental wellness."

— Will Bouma, Member of Provincial Parliament for Brantford—Brant

"We expect our frontline workers; firefighters, police, paramedics, correctional, probation and parole officers - and other correctional staff - to put their lives on the line to protect us and our communities, exposing themselves to traumatic events that can lead to mental health issues. Our government will look after these heroes."

— Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General

"PTSD knows no bounds in terms of age, gender, culture or occupation. It can have a significant impact on all of us, but especially those who have dedicated their lives to serving others. Our government is committed to helping people coping with post-traumatic stress disorder because we understand that mental health is health. This is why we are making historic investments in mental health and addictions to help Ontarians get access to the services they need, when and where they need them."

— Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health

"PTSD is a significant risk to the health and well-being of our first responders and others who regularly face traumatic situations. All parties unanimously supported legislation which created a presumption that PTSD diagnosed in first responders is work-related. This is leading to faster access to WSIB benefits and proper treatment. The brave men and women who serve as our first responders are there for us when we need them. It is our duty to return that support when they need it."

— Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour