Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) are offered counselling if they suffer an “operational stress injury” and hypnotherapy services if medical professionals approve it, according to a statement from the emergency services cited by canada.com.
Tom Stamatakis, head of the Canadian Police Association, suggested that the RCMP should have greater support when they are seen to be suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), since a recent study carried out at Carleton University showed the problem to be more widespread than initially thought.
The Canadian government has recently shifted care for the RCMP from federal jurisdiction to a provincial scheme, with Mr Stamatakis saying: “We’re all struggling to modernise provincial legislation … to recognize there’s a cumulative effect. PTSD is a real phenomenon in policing.”
Writing about the disorder for time.com’s Battleland blog, Dr Elspeth Cameron Ritchie pointed out that one of the issues with PTSD is that some people are worried about seeking help in case it interferes with their career. She explained that this is an especially common issue in the army.
The healthcare expert noted that treatments for PTSD are advancing well, with options ranging from medication to cognitive-behavioural approaches and alternative therapies showing promise.