A new online resource is available for first responders who are experiencing mental health distress.
First responders are exposed to trauma every day as an unavoidable part of their jobs. This puts them at higher risk of developing traumatic stress injuries like depression, anxiety and PTSD. The website was developed to help first responders access mental health support when they need it, understanding that mental health crises can happen at any time.
The website offers helpful tools and resources for first responders, their family members, employers, and colleagues who are dealing with mental health issues. Some resources include self-assessments, online counseling, training materials, and mental health apps.
This resource is a collaboration between labour unions, including the NSNU, first responders, emergency service employers, Government and the WCB. Learn more at https://firstrespondersmentalhealthns.com/.