Canadian Institute for Pandemic Health Education and Response (CIPHER)

CIPHER, a Knowledge Hub funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada through a partnership with the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment, will curate and mobilize the resources created by eight research projects tasked to develop resources to meet the mental health and well-being needs of Canadians most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, including healthcare workers, public safety personnel, their families, and caregivers.

Contact:

Dr. Alexandra Heber

Executive Director
Canadian Institute for Pandemic Health Education and Response (CIPHER)
Associate Professor, Dept of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences
McMaster University

Projects:

Promoting Resilience and Mental Health: Adapting Canada’s Department of National Defence Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) Program to Support Canadian Healthcare Workers

The Promoting Resilience and Mental Health project will adapt Canada’s Department of National Defence’s mental health literacy and resilience program, Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR), and tailor it to meet the unique mental health and well-being needs of Canadian healthcare workers that have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Expansion and Evaluation of the Before Operational Stress Project (BOS)

The Expansion and Evaluation of the Before Operational Stress project offers training to public safety personnel and frontline healthcare workers across Canada who are regularly exposed to traumatic events and posttraumatic stress injuries in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

For more information on training and to register, visit our website.

Beyond Silence: Advancing E-Mental Health Solutions to Support Canadian Healthcare Workers

The Beyond Silence project will create and test a new and innovative peer support e-mental health app, which will improve opportunities for healthcare workers to build mental health literacy, reduce barriers to seeking support, and provide real-time access to confidential peer support.

Resilient Minds – Building the Psychological Strength of Fire Fighters

Resilient Minds™ is a trauma-informed, peer-to-peer training program designed to enhance the personal resilience of fire services personnel. The Canadian Mental Health Association will adapt, translate, pilot, evaluate, and implement Resilient Minds™ for both Francophone fire fighters and Indigenous fire fighters, who have been affected by or are at higher risk of trauma-related psychological impacts due to their line of work and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Healthcare Salute: An Ongoing Surveillance and Knowledge Mobilization Plan

The Healthcare Salute project is designed to support the mental health and well-being needs of Canadian healthcare workers serving throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. By utilizing healthcare providers’ experiences, this project will develop evidence-based resources for affected and at-risk healthcare workers.

Training and Development Program for Public Safety Personnel

The Training and Development Program for Public Safety Personnel project will improve access to relevant and urgent training for public safety personnel and stakeholders. It will expand upon the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment’s (CIPSRT) existing training programs, provide new modalities and increased reach for existing training, and pilot the testing and expansion of CIPSRT’s newest training opportunities.

PSPNET Families, Offering Mental Health Promotion Resources and Supports.

PSPNET Families will serve the needs of public safety personnel family members experiencing mental health challenges and stressors related to the occupational risks faced by their public safety personnel loved ones. PSPNET Families is complementary to PSPNET, a federally-funded online service that offers internet-delivered cognitive behaviour therapy to PSP.

Advancing Peer Support Programming to Address PTSD and Trauma Among Canadian Public Safety Personnel and Veterans

The Advancing Peer Support Programming project will provide a coordinated national approach to peer support for public safety personnel, enable evidence-based improvements and standardization, and ultimately lead to independent nationally-recognized accreditations. This project will also develop and deploy OnCall and OnCallSupport, a mobile health platform that provides private, secure access to peer support.