The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced how it will be addressing the prevalent issue of mental health within the organization.
These changes aligned with the recommendations made by the Ontario Provincial Police Independent Review Panel in its April 2019 final report. After interviewing OPP members, it concluded that changes needed to be made in the way of mental health and the cultural within the organization.
In line with these recommendations, the OPP will be prioritizing health and wellness in the workplace by adequately supporting its members. It will attempt to address the immense stigma around mental health and promote the development of new leadership throughout the organization.
“No one should be apprehensive about going to work because they don’t feel adequately supported. This is simply unacceptable,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones said. “I’m confident the changes put in place and those currently underway will improve the workplace culture at the OPP, resulting in a healthier, more supportive work environment for everyone.”
The OPP plans to establish a variety of mental health supports for those who are returning to work following a leave of absence, as well as an organization-wide response to member suicide by providing support to families and colleagues.
The organization will also make its promotions and hiring processes more transparent to show that leadership is the top priority it looks for in future officers. Of the 66 recommendations, 42 have been implemented and 24 are in the works.