Advancing Peer Support Programming to Address PTSD and Trauma Among Canadian Public Safety Personnel and Veterans
The Advancing Peer Support Program provides a coordinated national approach to peer support for public safety personnel, enables evidence-based improvements and standardization, and will ultimately lead to independent, nationally-recognized accreditations. This project also develops and deploys PeerOnCall and PeerOnCallSupport, a mobile health platform that provides private, secure access to peer support.
PeerOnCall and PeerOnCall Support are the mobile health platforms customized for Canadian Public Safety Personnel. These apps have been created to promote early intervention, mental health support, and psychological health and safety among public safety workplaces. As of spring 2023 implementation is happening across the following Canadian services: corrections, emergency communications, fire services, law enforcement, and paramedic services.
CIMVHR Forum 2023
In support of advancing new research and promoting knowledge dissemination, the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) organizes an annual conference. The CIMVHR Forum serves as an opportunity for academic and government researchers to exchange insights and learnings about issues impacting the health of the Canadian Armed Forces, Reserve Forces, Veterans and their Family members. At the CIMVHR Forum 2023, the work of several PeerOnCall team members was showcased.
S. Czarnuch, R. MacPhee, J. MacDermid, S. Moll, R. Ricciardelli, N. Leduc, R. Campbell Bromhead, “The PeerOnCall technology balancing act: managing competing tensions”, poster presented at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, 2023.
S. Moll, M. Wakim, R.N. Carleton, S. Czarnuch, J. MacDermid, R. MacPhee and R. Ricciardelli, “PeerOnCall: Co-designing App-based Tools for Peer Support”, poster presented at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, 2023.
R. Campbell Bromhead, J. MacDermid, R. Ricciardelli, M. Lomotan, S. Czarnuch, R. MacPhee, R.N. Carleton, S. Moll, “Implementation of the PeerOnCall apps: Insights from the Fire Sector”, poster presented at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, 2023.
Ricciardelli, D. Gibbons, M. Sibley, B. Mario, J. MacDermid, S. Czarnuch, R. MacPhee, R.N. Carleton, S. Moll, “Implementing Peer Support Apps in Correctional Services: Lessons learned & future directions”, presentation at the Canadian Institute for Military and Veteran Health Research (CIMVHR) Forum, Ottawa-Gatineau, Canada, 2023.
Justice Report Publication
We are thrilled to share that our PeerOnCall project is featured in the Justice Report Issue 38 Volume 2. The abstract for the article, PeerOnCall: App-Based Peer Support for Canadian Public Safety Personnel, can be accessed on the Justice Report website.
Call for Catalyst Grant Applications
The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) have a final funding opportunity for new projects. The selected projects will be required to build on the project, PeerOnCall. The Catalyst Grant recipients will conduct empirical studies addressing app-based peer-to-peer support for Public Safety Personnel (PSP). Questions must be related to the effectiveness, feasibility, development and/or evaluation of best practices, guidance documents and uptake of the PeerOnCall app. Areas for further relevant investigation may include (but are not limited to):
The nature of the peer support accessed by PSP via the PeerOnCall app
The app’s impact on PSP and/or their caregivers and families
The impact that providing app-based support has on peer providers
Providing additional training or feedback to PeerOnCall peer providers
Determining the functionality of PeerOnCall as a digital knowledge management tool
Implementation science questions related to organizational and individual uptake and use of the PeerOnCall app
The four selected projects will receive a maximum of $100,000 for one year of funding.
This brochure offers information about the mobile health app that has been customized for Canadian public safety personnel.
“The vision, for this project, is really to build, co-design, deploy, and evaluate a new PeerOnCall app, which is a peer-to-peer support app for the public safety community in Canada.”
Hear from Sandra Moll and Nadine Leduc about the lessons that PeerOnCall learned.
PeerOnCall at the CIPHER 2023 Conference
In March 2023, CIPHER hosted a conference for all of the PHAC funded projects. This poster tracks PeerOnCall’s first year of progress.
Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) Team
Nicholas Carleton, PhD, R.D. Psych: Scientific Director
Donna King: Associate Director
Donna Dowler: Senior Project Manager
McMaster University Team
Sandra Moll, PhD, OT Reg: Principal Investigator
Jordan Leonard: Research Coordinator
Alana Camporese: Research Assistant
Correctional Workers Team
Rosemary Ricciardelli, PhD, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University of Newfoundland: Sector Lead
Diana Gibbons: Project Manager
Brittany Mario: Postdoctoral Fellow
Paramedic Services Team
Renée MacPhee, PhD, Wilfrid Laurier University: Sector Lead
John Prno: Project Manager
Lorraine Downey: Knowledge User
Joy MacDermid, PhD, University of Western Ontario & McMaster University: Sector Lead
Robin Campbell Bromhead: Project Manager
Margaret Lomotan: Project Coordinator
Public Safety Communicators Team
Stephen Czarnuch, PhD, P.Eng., Memorial University of Newfoundland: Sector Lead
Nadine Leduc, MA: Project Manager