The majority of Canadians have been exposed to at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. For some, their experience(s) will lead them to develop PTSD.
We know that those who work in our uniformed service professions (Canadian Armed Forces, Police, Fire, Paramedic, Corrections) are at an increased risk for developing an Operational Stress Injury (OSI) like PTSD.
Operational Stress Injuries include diagnosed mental health conditions such as anxiety disorder, depression and PTSD, as well as other conditions that may be less severe but interfere with daily functioning.
Each year, approximately 1,600 CAF members are released for medical reasons. 1/3 of people who leave the military have difficulty making the transition to civilian life.
Estimates based on available data show that in Canada, between 10 and 35 percent of First Responders will develop PTSD.
From 2006-2016, there were an average of nearly 17 CAF member suicides per year. This does not include Veterans.
In Ontario alone, estimates run as high as 40% of police calls for service involve persons with mental health issues.