On Nov. 2, Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty received the Ontario Psychological Association (OPA) 2017 Public Service Award.
The OPA Award recognizes the work done by public officials to help the most vulnerable – those individuals and their family members who suffer from behavioural and developmental problems including PTSD, chronic occupational stress and addictions.
“I am truly honoured and humbled in receiving this award. Although, I struggle with accepting an award when we have so many that are still suffering in silence, so many that feel that taking their own life is the only way out of the pain,” says Doherty.
Doherty’s Private Members Bill, C-211, calls on the federal government to develop a national strategy for PTSD. It currently sits at second reading in the Senate.