This 3-page resource provides a definition of PTSD and how can be considered an Operational Stress Injury for First Responders. PTSD symptoms are further described as four types: Intrusive Memories; Avoidance and Numbing; Negative Thoughts and Mood Changes; and Changes in Physical and Emotional reactions. A chart offers actions you can take for prevention, intervention and treatment and recovery.
This 2-page resource provides information on how to make a WCB claim if you feel you are experiencing PTSD. The second page includes some common Q&A about making a WCB claim if you are experiencing PTSD.
This 20-page guide offers information about suicide loss and will likely validate and enhance the many helpful things that first Responders already do. The guide may also offer new insights and guidance on suicide alertness highlighting prevention and intervention resources available, since the survivors may be at greater risk of suicide as well.
A steering committee consisting of representatives from fire, police, and paramedic services is working with WorkSafeBC to promote positive mental health and reduce work-related mental health injuries to address the psychological health needs of first responders in British Columbia. They have developed a 24-page tool kit of recommended practices and resources for employers, supervisors, and workers to support mental health in the workplace.
This 17-page toolkit provides organizations guidance in creating, training and maintaining a peer support group for their First Responders.
This 36-page guide seeks to help fire departments in the process by providing guidance and considerations culled from the experience of fire departments across the country. The guide pulls from the experiences of departments of all sizes, response needs, and demographics. It is not an A-Z guide for setting up an effective behavioral health program but is designed to help departments understand where to start and what considerations need to be addressed through the lens of an individual department’s situation.
This 40-page document provides first responder organizations with a good practice framework that aims to provide guidance to protect the mental health of their workforces, promote wellbeing and prevent suicide.
This 16-page discussion paper is concerned with policy and legislative options that will provide the most safety, dignity, and positive social and health outcomes for Canadians. CASW advocates for the federal government to move forward with the implementation of a national strategy for OSI and provides reason for further research and investigation of the inclusion of front-line social workers as an impacted occupation. The paper outlines current legislation and the discrepancies that are apparent, and how provincial government progression can influence national development. The need for this type of legislation is discussed but with critique of the current proposal.
This 31-page documents is an overview of the Worker Safety Insurance Act (WSIA) in Ontario and what are employees entitled to under this legislation.