We are very proud to be partnered with
The Badge of Life (USA)
Surviving and Living
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Police officers experience daily contact with violent, perverse and cruel people which takes a toll on a police officer’s heart and mind and has a toxic effect on their souls. It can never be enough that we sit and wait until officers are in crisis or are suicidal before we act.
We have to do something before they get there!
We are PTSD survivors, first responders and professional trauma specialists who are all working together to encourage peer support connections for active and retired police officers, as well as those in emergency services personnel, 9-1-1 dispatchers and their families Canada wide who are looking for first contact.
We are not an organization with a funding requirement – we simply volunteer our time to assist with the existence of this website and the mandate of Badge of Life Canada which is to:
- Be committed to connecting active and retired police officers, as well as those in emergency services, 9-1-1 dispatchers and their families, who are suffering of stress and/or trauma as a direct result of their employment in law enforcement and/or emergency work.
- Engage in encouraging every member to participate in a voluntary medical mental health check annually so that they will have the strength and resiliency to respond to trauma and accumulated stress in a healthy and positive manner. Badge of Life USA has an excellent link, The Annual Mental Health Check, to the value of voluntary mental health checks and we endorse their approach.
- Dedicated to ideas and experiences of those living through these events being shared amongst each other in order to assist those who are newly involved in work related trauma.
NOTE: It is not the intent of Badge of Life Canada to eliminate or replace the valuable use and existence of certified peer/family support crisis incident stress management personnel, or mental or medical health practitioners. We encourage and support the use of certified crisis intervention workers or mental or medical health practitioners on staff in organizations. In fact, we have a list of those who have advised us that they are willing to help professionally if called upon. See our listings of Trauma Professionals.
Many emergency services personnel become disabled with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of being directly or indirectly involved in traumatic incidents while working in their chosen profession of protecting the public. Becoming disabled with PTSD and taking the path to recovery does not have to be a lonely journey.
Emergency services management must be pro-active in providing Mental health programs for their members in order to prevent them from developing PTSD and peer support should be made available to all members as required.
If you are a member of a police service, emergency services personnel, 9-1-1 dispatcher and/or of their families Canada wide who is looking for first contact and you believe you have some or all of the symptoms of PTSD or have a comrade or know of an employee that you believe is struggling to cope with PTSD and other related issues and believe the employees needs help, please contact your local medical practitioner or psychologist as soon as possible.
Badge of Life Canada is helping to connect emergency services personnel as peers connecting with peers. As PTSD survivors, we can assure you that seeking professional help is indeed the right first step to addressing PTSD.