Expanding Mental Health Supports for the OPP

Published on April 07, 2021

On April 6th, 2021, Solicitor General Sylvia Jones and Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy announced that the government is investing $12.5 million over three years to strengthen the mental health services available to Ontario Provincial Police and their families. The funding will support the hiring of 20 additional mental-health support staff and enhance the OPP's Healthy Workplace initiative to address issues of mental health and occupational stress injuries.  

 

Every day, Ontario’s police officers put their lives on the line to protect us, and our families. The COVID-19 pandemic is a reminder of how much we rely on frontlines workers, and why we need to look after their mental health and well-being.

 

That is why as part of this government’s 2021 Budget, Ontario is investing $12.5 million over three years to enhance the mental health services available to the OPP to help them cope with occupational stress while continuing to maintain public safety. The funding will support the hiring of approximately 20 additional mental-health support staff to enhance the OPP’s Healthy Workplace initiative.

 

This new initiative is part of the continued steps our government is taking to improve the OPP’s workplace culture and support members who go above and beyond to serve and protect our communities. The OPP’s Healthy Workplace program is available to all OPP members (uniformed and civilians), retired members as well as family members. Frontline police officers are leaders in their communities, and our government is determined to continue providing them with the supports, resources and tools they need to do their jobs. 

 

This investment is part of the 2021 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protecting People's Health and Our Economy.

 

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