RCMP: Mental Health Strategy?
So, out of the blue, our Commish announces that the Member Employee Assistance Program is to cease and desist. But worry not folks, we have something else in mind to take its place. It will be a peer-to-peer program, with the additional bonus of the Federal Gov’t 1-800 #. We’re still not sure what the peer-to-peer program looks like, but it will be made available shortly. In the meantime, are we expected to ignore critical incidents and the need to debrief our members? Are we expected to call a 1-800 number like everyone else in the public service? News flash!!! We are NOT JUST public servants. This number is simply meant to lower the costs incurred as a result of our mental state because counsellors are used (and not necessarily well screened ones to deal specifically with police matters), instead of psychologists who are well versed and trained to specifically address issues associated with police work. Don’t for one second believe that the Force is trying to increase “strategies” for us to cope with our mental health. The costs for mental wellness in the Force have gone through the roof, and this is all one big cost cutting measure. A different health strategy was proposed by a member (who also happened to be a psychologist) and this was rejected. Why? Too expensive. It was far superior, and hit on everything recognized by specialists in the field.