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Recent comments from Halifax’s police chief about post-traumatic stress disorder have one advocate fuming and a medical professional saying that it highlights the need for specialized, in-patient care in Atlantic Canada.
“I have spoken to more than a dozen people across the country who simply cannot believe that a person of authority who is in charge — not only of the safety of men and women that he serves, but also their morale — could have said something of this nature,” said former MP Peter Stoffer, now an advocate at Trauma Healing Centers.
Stoffer said he finds the comments “a bit shocking and extremely disappointing.”
In a recent interview with CBC News, Chief Jean-Michel Blais said the “Cadillac” of PTSD treatment isn’t always available for police officers, even if medical professionals have recommended it.
Blais himself has spoken frequently and publicly about his experiences living with PTSD.