Psychological Health and Safety for First Responders

Psychological Health and Safety for First Responders including Peer Support and Family Assistance

Click here for numerous initiatives including Psychological Health and Safety Initiatives Mental Health Commission of Canada 

Click here for National Psychological Health and Safety Standards from Mental Health Commission of Canada

Peer support is a supportive relationship between people who have a lived experience in common. The peer support worker provides emotional and social support to others who share a common experience.  There are various types of support (formal/informal) that allows confidential conversation and sharing of resources.  There is HUGE value in Peer Support for the individual and the family

  • It helps reduce the stigma for those who are making inquiries or asking for help with their situation.
  • It empowers individuals to take steps to accessing resources that will provide constructive possibilities to stronger health or build resiliency within the family
  • It’s more than just calling the Employee Assistance Program
  • It’s about offering support, encouragement and hope

Our goal is to provide immediate crisis intervention if required and to act as a referral agent that assists you in locating suitable support to the situation.

Our Volunteers provide conversation and support in areas such as marriage, parenting, grief, spiritual wellness, addiction recovery, single parenting, special needs children, critical incident stress management and post traumatic stress recovery.

Our Peer Support and Family Assistance confidential help line is 403-201-9945.  If volunteers are busy and you don’t get connected to one of them, please leave a message with your name and number and we’ll get back to you within 2 hours.  For general inquiries email

The following circumstances may break confidentiality if there is disclosure or evidence of:

  • serious risk or harm to the individual as in a threat or attempt to suicide
  • a serious risk or harm to others
  • physical, sexual or serious emotional abuse or neglect
  • any serious self harm that may be life threatening

Should there be an event that requires to break confidentiality, the individual will be advised of our actions and 911 services will be notified.

In today’s digital world, many of us find ourselves bombarded with a wealth of media content, particularly online. Though endless pages of content may be available to us at the click of a button, it can be particularly difficult to find meaningful, quality content online, especially in regards to mental health issues.

TED Talks, many of which are now available online, offer refreshingly smart, emotional content to those looking to explore such subjects as mental health from a more personal perspective. Today, we’ve compiled a list of ten of the most thought-provoking TED Talks that consider the complex way in which we manage our mental health.

These intelligent lecturers speak from the heart, often providing viewers with a personal look at the ways in which such illnesses as depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia affect their everyday lives. Whether or not you suffer from mental health issues yourself, these talks are an inspiring reminder that some of the most difficult illnesses are the ones that no one else can see. Fortunately, however, mental health treatment is improving every day, a topic many of these lecturers also discuss.

If you’re in need of inspiration, watch one of these talks today. Your perspectives on mental health will likely be changed forever. Click here to view The 10 Best Ted Talks on Mental Health


STAND UP PADDLING AQUA THERAPY – 2019 dates forthcoming.  This is an amazing Peer Support Initiative to assist First Responders, Military Personnel and a family member to experience the benefits of  aqua therapy instruction!  We appreciate the fantastic collaboration with Aquabatics Calgary as their team provides the training.  EMAIL LEGACY PLACE SOCIETY DIRECTLY AND WE WILL RELEASE DETAILS.

ANNUAL FIRST RESPONDER AND MILITARY PERSONNEL FAMILY CAMP – costs are forth coming.  This is a cost shared initiative that provides a weekend away for the family to step away from the daily stressors and come together as families.  This all inclusive setting includes bunk bed accommodations, horse back riding, wall climbing, archery, canoeing, camp fires and numerous opportunities to connect with other First Responder and Military Families and that of your own family.  See link for further details.