Report: Stress causing mental health problems for Toronto medics
A study of over 800 paramedics suggests poor working conditions are causing low morale, low productivity and mental health issues
TORONTO — They’re the men and women we trust in times of distress and emergencies. But a new report shows Toronto paramedics are experiencing distress themselves, saying morale is low amongst the ranks and it’s leading to divorce, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), drug abuse, and even suicide.
The report by the CUPE 416 EMS Unit was submitted in April. It will be made public on Wednesday by city councillor Jim Karygiannis.
Titled ‘Crisis In The Workforce’ it outlines how the combination of stagnant workforce growth and increased workload, along with a perceived lack of support from management, have left paramedics disillusioned and stressed.
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