About the BC First Responders’ Mental Health Committee

Firefighters, paramedics, and law enforcement officers experience traumas and stressors on the job that are unlike those seen in most other occupations. It’s not surprising, therefore, that recent research has shown that these workers are at higher risk of mental health injuries. The agencies that employ first responders are tasked with how to best support their mental health – from determining appropriate training for first responders and their managers, to sourcing occupationally aware practitioners, to aiding with recovery and hope through peer support.

It is this reality that led to the formation of the BC First Responders Mental Health Committee – a multi-agency committee representing labour and management from both urban and rural communities. The committee is working collaboratively to provide cross-organizational leadership, recommend practices, and develop resources that promote positive mental health for first responders across the province.

One of the five goals the Committee set for itself for 2018-2019 is to host a conference to reach out to first responders, their leadership and their communities to promote positive mental health and to create meaningful change within first responder organizations.

For more information and resources, please visit our website.

Committee wins Dr. Joseph H. Cohen Award

The BC First Responder Mental Health Committee received the Dr. Joseph H. Cohen Award from the Justice Institute of BC. The award was presented at the JIBC Foundation Be the One Gala on November 15, 2018.

This award is presented to an individual or organization for making an outstanding contribution to public safety. The individual or organization has demonstrated a passionate desire to selflessly help others and, in doing so, provide leadership. It was established in 1998 in honour of Dr. Joseph Cohen, a founding Director of JIBC. Previous recipients include: North Shore Rescue, The Honourable Steven Point, Barwatch, The Honourable Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, to name a few.