Our team is committed to developing and sharing evidence-based mental health resources with PSP families. We provide a wide range of information and strategies informed and vetted by PSP families.
If a member of your family is a PSP, our wellbeing hub is designed for you. Our definition of “family” is open and inclusive (e.g., chosen families, biological families, childfree families, LGBTQ+ families, and adoptive and foster families, among others).
What we offer
Inside our hub, you’ll find:
Information: Information designed to address family issues related to the occupational risks and requirements of public safety work.
- Expectations and support: PSP families in the community
- Family responsibilities: Role overload
- Nonstandard hours of work: Out of sync and out of time
- Requirements of the job: The impact at home
- Trauma exposure: The ripple effects
- Work and home transitions: Managing uncertainty
Strategies: Tips and exercises are designed to address issues described in the information pages. Strategies are designed to develop and enhance relationships.
- Strategies for families
- Strategies for couples
Spouse or Significant Other Wellbeing Course: Adapted from our PSP Wellbeing Course, this self-guided, internet-delivered, cognitive behavioural therapy program is designed to support a PSP spouse or significant other with their unique wellbeing needs.
- Identifying the cycle of symptoms
- Managing unhelpful thoughts
- Managing physical symptoms
- Managing avoidance and safety behaviours
- Relapse prevention and goal setting
- Improving sleep
- Communication, assertiveness and problem solving
- Anger and grief exploration
We have added new resources recently:
- Improving the couple relationship
- Moral Injury
- Supporting a spouse with mental health concerns
Who we are
With funding from the Public Health Agency of Canada, PSPNET Families is a collaboration between PSPNET, the Families Matter Research Group at Queen’s University, and the Child Trauma Research Centre at the University of Regina.