The Mental Health of Police Personnel

What We Know & What We Need to Know and Do

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The mental health and safety of police personnel, and their first responder partners, has long been a high priority for both the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the Mental Health Commission of Canada.


There is an increasing awareness of the tragic consequences of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among first responders in Canada. There is also an increasing awareness of the lack of understanding about the economic and social costs of PTSD in Canada.

Wilson, S., Guiliani, H. & Boichev, G. (2016). Journal of CSWB Vol 1 No 2


Many police organizations continue to make considerable progress applying progressive solutions and encouraging us all to change how we think about mental health...

But there are still gaps in our knowledge, in our confidence, and in our collective actions.


What do we really know?  What more do we need to know?  What do we all need to do?

The CACP & MHCC, in collaboration with: The Canadian Police Association (CPA), The Canadian Association of Police Governance (CAPG), The CACP Research Foundation, The Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and Public Safety Canada invite you to join into this watershed event that will explore and inform these vital questions on three intersecting tracks.

1. Research and Evidence Track

2. Continuum of Care Track

3. Human Resources and Police Operations Track


If you are:

  • A Police Executive, Manager, Policy Maker or Governing Official
  • Police Personnel or a Police Association Representative
  • A Police Human Resource Practitioner
  • A Mental Health Practitioner or Policy Maker
  • A Police or Mental Health Educator
  • A Police or Mental Health Researcher
  • A Member of the police community or a first responder who has lived experience of mental health problems and illnesses (including current and former employees of police organizations, and their families and advocates)

You need to be there


Together we will work to advance evidence based solutions for the effective prevention, treatment and recovery from the mental health issues that can potentially affect all our police personnel.