Internet-delivered mental health support for public safety personnel expands to Quebec

Media Advisory Release Date: September 21, 2020 1:00 p.m.

On Wednesday, September 23, please join Dr. Thomas Chase, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Regina, as well as the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and several stakeholders, for a virtual event to launch the new Public Safety Personnel Internet-delivered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy program (PSPNET) in Quebec. 

PSPNET is supported by $10 million in funding from Canada’s Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, previously announced in 2018. In January 2020, PSPNET, which is based at the University of Regina, was launched in Saskatchewan and has demonstrated great success. PSPNET will now also provide free, confidential, and bilingual access to treatment for public safety personnel in Quebec who are experiencing depression, anxiety, and posttraumatic stress injuries. 


Wednesday, September 23, 2020

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST/9:00 AM – 10:00 AM CST 


Virtual event on Go to Webinar:


Speakers will include:

  • Joël Lightbound, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Member of Parliament for Louis-Hébert;
  • Thomas Chase, University of Regina Interim President and Vice-Chancellor;
  • Amelie Fournier, PSPNET Clinical Research Associate;
  • Richard Amnotte, Directeur Adjoint du service de la sécurité incendie de Lévis, who joins us on behalf of l’Association des chefs en sécurité incendie du Québec;
  • Christian Desrosier, directeur de l'Association des répartiteur d’Appel d’urgence du Québec;
  • Danny Paterson, Directeur du service de police de la ville de St-Jérôme;
  • Madame Alessandria Page, Regional Deputy Commissioner for the Quebec Region, Correctional Service of Canada;
  • Pierre St-Antoine, Directeur Général, École nationale de police du Québec;
  • Daniel Godin, Superviseur, Division de l’exécution de la loi et du renseignement, Agence des services frontaliers du Canada; and,
  • Anne-Josée Roy, Gestionnaire de programmes, région du Québec, Agence des services frontaliers du Canada.


Media are invited to attend this event. Interview opportunities with the PSPNET team will follow on Go to Webinar and/or phone after the launch. 

For more information about PSPNET, please visit


About the University of Regina:

The University of Regina—with campuses located on Treaty 4 and Treaty 6 territories, the ancestral lands of the Cree, Saulteaux, Dakota, Lakota and Nakoda nations and the homeland of the Métis—is a comprehensive, mid-sized university that traces its roots back to the creation of Regina College in 1911. Today, more than 16,500 students study within the University's 10 faculties, 25 academic departments/schools, 18 research centres and institutes, and three federated colleges (Campion College, First Nations University of Canada, and Luther College). The University of Regina has an established reputation for excellence and innovative programs that lead to undergraduate, master, and doctoral degrees.


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