Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale was back in Regina Monday to discuss supports for military veterans and first responders across the country.
Goodale spoke at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research annual forum, which is taking place in Regina this week.
Goodale said a plan is being created to help military veterans and first responders with post traumatic stress.
“To make sure that we are in a position to deal with post traumatic stress injuries, specifically among first responders because the statistics are indicating that they suffer disproportionately from these conditions.”
Goodale said the federal government is investing $30 million to support first responders dealing with post traumatic stress.
“20 (Million dollars) for research, specifically focused on public safety officers,” Goodale said. “And another $10 Million to develop treatment tools that can be delivered over the internet.”
Goodale said it’s crucial to support both military veterans and first responders as they deal with post traumatic stress.
“All of these people are Canadian heroes; they do what they do to keep Canadians safe and secure,” Goodale said. “It’s incumbent upon society to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to keep them safe and secure.”
Goodale said the term ‘post traumatic stress injury’ is now considered the more inclusive and broad term, replacing ‘post traumatic stress disorder.’