Lyndsay Esson is a lead coordinator with the BCEHS Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer team. She joined BCEHS as a paramedic 14 years ago in northern B.C. and was hooked on the profession right away. After 10 years with the service, she was inspired to join the CISM peer support team as a volunteer. Now, as a lead coordinator of the team, she arranges defusings and debriefings, and assists BCEHS employees access mental health supports. All of this is done with help of a robust team of 130 peer volunteers who work tirelessly to change the culture.
When Lyndsay is not working, she can be found with her family on the ski hill in Revelstoke, chasing after her two boys, playing in community band or at a Toastmasters meeting. As a first responder, Lyndsay understands the challenges associated with balancing a family, hobbies and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She believes we need to work together to create a safe environment for first responders to say “I’m not ok”.
Peer Support Panel: Panelists Emma Hyde, Vancouver police constable; Lyndsay Esson, Lead Coordinator with the BCEHS CISM peer team; and Scott Young, Coquitlam fire captain, will participate in this moderated session about best practices in peer support and CISM including: team selection, training, and how they are promoting positive mental health in their first responder communities.