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The plan from Health Minister Patty Hajdu, seen here on Feb. 3, 2020, charts a path for how the government approaches occupational PTSD, considering supports can vary province to province and workplace to workplace.

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The federal government has released its plan to improve support for people who are affected by post-traumatic stress disorder.

The plan from Health Minister Patty Hajdu charts a path for how the government approaches occupational PTSD, considering supports can vary province to province and workplace to workplace.

It outlines how the government will improve tracking of the disorder, and the associated economic and social costs, as well as develop guidelines for diagnosis and treatment.

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It also outlines ways to share best practices and distribute standardized educational material to public health care providers across the country.

While the framework is aimed a people whose jobs put them at greater risk of developing PTSD, such as first responders, military members and health workers, it also recognizes that anyone who develops the disorder under traumatic circumstances should be considered in the government’s actions.

The plan is the result of consultation with government ministries, PTSD specialists and sufferers who attended a two-day conference last year.

“I am deeply grateful to the Canadians who helped develop this framework by sharing their stories, challenges and triumphs in dealing with PTSD,” Hajdu said in a release. “We know there is more to do, but this framework will allow us to move forward and better support those dealing with PTSD.”

The Public Health Agency of Canada appointed a PTSD secretariat to lead the effort on putting together the framework last year, and carry it forward as knowledge about the disorder evolves with time.

The Public Health Agency of Canada will review the plan in five years to see how well it is working.

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