Authors: Angelo P. Sison, B.A. (Hons), Hugh C. McCall, M.A., Jody L. Burnett, Ph.D., Heather D. Hadjistavropoulos, Ph.D.
In order to broadly understand perceptions of internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy (ICBT) among Public safety personnel (PSP), we informed PSP about ICBT through a simple poster or a poster plus a story. An online survey was then used to explore perceptions of ICBT among PSP. We received 132 responses from various PSP including those working for border services, corrections, dispatch, EMS, ﬁre, and police.
Most PSP told us they would use ICBT if they needed help with mental health concerns.
Participants’ most preferred sources of treatment for mental health problems, out of 13 options, were as follows:
We found several other interesting tendencies:
The results of the survey indicated that PSP have favourable perceptions of ICBT, which suggests there will likely be broad interest in ICBT among PSP in Saskatchewan. PSP formulated these impressions based on a simple poster and a brief story. Ideas for improving the poster included clarifying patient privacy, duration of treatment, and number of sessions per week.