Authors: Hajistavropoulous, H., McCall, H., Thiessen, D.L., Huang, Z. Carleton, R.N., Dear, B.F., & Titov, N
Canadian public safety personnel (PSP) experience high rates of mental health disorders. They also experience many barriers to accessing treatment, such as stigma, distance from services, and time constraints.
Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) Internet-delivered cognitive behavioural therapy (ICBT) can help overcome these barriers because it can be accessed privately at any time and location Previous research has shown that ICBT is effective for treating various mental health disorders, including depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
The current study presents the outcomes, treatment satisfaction and program-usage patterns of the PSP Wellbeing Course for the first 83 clients in Saskatchewan.
Clients completed an online screening questionnaire and phone screening interview before beginning the course. They were asked to complete questionnaires again after the course (8 weeks). The pre- and post-course questionnaires included measures of depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental health disorders.
Early results show that the PSP Wellbeing Course is a promising and effective method for treating depression, anxiety, and PTSD in PSP. PSPNET will continue to apply client feedback to improve the course. The team has already expanded services to Quebec. They will continue to share their findings as more PSP complete the course.