Emma Hyde retired from the Vancouver Police Department in 2019. She spent the last five years of her career building the VPD’s Peer Support Unit.
Through her own life experiences and her years working in operational policing, Emma has developed a passion for making sure police officers have the support necessary to navigate the mental health challenges which come with their chosen career.
Emma joined the VPD’s Critical Incident Stress Management Team in 2008 and became the Coordinator of the team in 2014, the first step in developing a successful and busy Peer Support Unit at the VPD. Emma also coordinated and instructed the VPD’s Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) Program and was a certified Master Trainer with the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Emma has taught mental health awareness, coping strategies, stigma reduction and leadership skills to first responders in both B.C. and Ontario.
Since retiring, Emma has spent time adjusting to retirement and reflecting on the stress which builds up over a policing career. She is excited to participate in this year’s conference and hopes to bring an honest perspective to the panel discussion. Emma lives in Bellingham, Washington with her family.
Session 4 - Silent struggles: A look at stigma and co-morbidities in the first responder community