Cariboo-Prince George MP Todd Doherty has received a public service award for his work to help those suffering from post traumatic stress disorder.
The award was handed out Thursday by the Ontario Psychological Association.
The Ontario Psychological Association award recognizes the work done by public officials to help the most vulnerable amongst us – 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,” said Doherty. “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. I will continue to use whatever platform is afforded to me to ensure those who are suffering know it is okay to say, ‘I am not well,’ it is OK to ask for help and that the help they seek will be there in their time of need.”
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.
“You are truly a political superstar whose innate sense of caring for others shines through in all that you do,” wrote Janet Kasperski, Chief Executive Officer for the association in her letter to the Member of Parliament.