ORILLIA, ON, July 24, 2013 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has made significant progress in
trying to mitigate the impact of operational stress injuries (OSI) on
its workforce, detailing some of its recent initiatives in its third
quarterly report to the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman.
The OPP has officially joined the Not Myself Today at Work national campaign developed by Partners for Mental Health (PMH). "By
joining with PMH, the OPP is furthering awareness of mental health
issues and reducing the stigma surrounding mental illness. Planning for
the OPP's province-wide Not Myself Day at Work event is underway for the fall of 2013," says Commissioner Chris Lewis.
Lewis and Ontario Provincial Police Association President Jim Christie
recently jointly announced the launch of the OSI Working Group email
address where members (current and former) and their families are
encouraged to confidentially contact the Working Group to share their
thoughts and experiences, both positive and negative, on issues
associated with OSI in the workplace.
The OPP recently mailed correspondence to the residences of all OPP
members on a longer-term leave from the workplace, encouraging them to
review the Ombudsman's report In the Line of Duty: Investigation into how the Ontario Provincial
Police and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
have addressed operational stress injuries affecting police officers.
The letter also encourages these members to review the OPP's quarterly
reports to the Ombudsman (available on opp.ca) and reminds them of the
continuing supports available to them while on leave through the
internal and external Employee Assistance Program services. The English
version of the report can be found at this link and the French version at this link.
A number of other initiatives to address this issue were outlined in the
OPP's first two reports to the Ombudsman. Work on this initiative
SOURCE: Ontario Provincial Police
For further information:
Sgt. Pierre Chamberland
Media Relations Coordinator
OPP Corporate Communications
Phone: (705) 329-6878