The Alberta government's assistance for first responders and emergency medical personnel suffering from PTSD is maintained in Budget 2023.

The government of Alberta is pleased to maintain its support for the first responders who Albertans turn to in times of need. The Promoting Psychological Health in First Responders program is accepting applications for the fourth round of funding from non-profit service providers and Canadian-based researchers.

In 2023, the program is eligible for funding of up to $1.5 million. May 28 is the application deadline.

“First responders and emergency healthcare workers put their mental and physical health on the line every day to keep Albertans safe. It is vital that the government has their backs. That is why Alberta’s government is providing extra support to help improve services and support research efforts, which will help alleviate suffering for those dealing with post-traumatic stress, so they can continue to protect and serve Albertans,” explained Brian Jean, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Northern Development.

Alberta has more than 33,000 first responders and emergency healthcare workers who are at greater risk for work-related mental health issues.

Jason Copping, Minister of Health said “we are committed to putting the right supports in place to protect the health and well-being of all Albertans. For our first responders, dealing with stressful situations can have a significant negative impact on their well-being and it is important that we invest in them to ensure they have the best support available to do their job to the best of their abilities.”

For persons dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder or at risk of developing it, these funds support services like peer support and resilience training. This grant provided funds to 20 nonprofit and research groups over its first two rounds.

First responders in rural towns had access to free mental health training thanks to groups like the Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association.

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