Scoping Review: A collection and review of the evidence about peer support for Veterans, their families, and first responders.
Mapping Exercise: Co-led with VETS Canada, this project aims to map out organizations who offer peer support for Veterans and their families. The findings of this mapping exercise, in conjunction with the findings of the scoping review, will support the creation of an evidence-informed tiered model of specialized peer support.
Principal Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Gabrielle Galley, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
Co-Investigators: Jim Thompson, Queens University; Debbie Lowther and Jim Lowther, VETS Canada; Duncan Shields, University of British Colombia; Alexandra Heber, Veterans Affairs Canada; Suzette Brémault-Phillips, University of Alberta; Sascha Davis, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Meriem Benlamri, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
Partners: VETS Canada, Queen’s University, University of British Columbia, Veterans Affairs Canada, University of Alberta, The Royal, Carleton University, Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry Association, LGBTQ+ Purge Fund, It’s Not Just 700, Veteran’s Transition Network, Operational Stress Injury Social Support, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services
Advisory Group: Yes
Moral injury and moral distress in emergency and protective services: the role of peer support
Project Summary: The objective of this project is to understand the nature of moral distress and moral injury in emergency and protective services, to identify whether and how peer support interventions respond to instances of moral distress and moral injury, and to explore what conditions best support the integration of moral distress and moral injury into peer support programs for emergency and protective services workers.
Principal Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Sara Rodrigues, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
Co-Investigators: Susan Farrell and Meghan Perkins, the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Peter Kelly, Ottawa Paramedic Service
Collaborators: Paul Sedge and Sarah Joynt, Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre; Lorraine Downey, Ottawa Paramedic Service
Partners: The Royal Ottawa, Ottawa Paramedic Service
Advisory Group: Yes
Tiered peer support training and delivery model to support Canadian Veterans during COVID-19
Project Summary: The objectives of this project are to increase access to quality peer support for Canada’s Veterans during COVID-19, to increase the ability for those providing peer support to do so with the support of evidence-based practices and with the clinical support required to avoid causing harm to themselves, to pilot the training and delivery of a virtual tiered peer support model, to complete a joint research evaluation of this pilot, and to develop a proof of concept for a sustainable and evidence-based model of tiered peer support for Veterans in Canada.
Principal Investigators: Oliver Thorne, Veterans Transition Network; Tim Laidler, UBC
Co-Investigators: Fardous Hosseiny and Gabrielle Galley, Centre of Excellence on PTSD and Related Mental Health Conditions
Partners: Veteran’s Transition Network, University of British Columbia