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  DRPS and RDPS Team Up with Wounded Warriors Canada

Jun 07, 2018 11:25 ET

The Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) and Region of Durham Paramedic Services (RDPS) are proud to announce a partnership agreement with Wounded Warriors Canada.

This partnership adds an additional layer of mental health support for these first responders. Through this partnership, Wounded Warriors Canada will work directly with DRPS and RDPS to offer their innovative mental health programs and services to their members and their families.

"The health, safety and wellness of our members is of utmost importance to us. This includes their mental health. Any opportunity that we can take to provide them with more resources and services in this regard is a welcome addition for the DRPS," says Chief Paul Martin.

"We're very pleased to be involved in this partnership with Wounded Warriors Canada and Durham Regional Police Service," said Jim Moir, Deputy Chief, RDPS. "Through this collaboration, we're able to provide another layer of effective and compassionate support to members of both police and paramedic services who give so much of themselves in service to our community."

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental health charity whose mission is to honour and support Canada's ill and injured Canadian Armed Forces members, Veterans, first responders and their families.

"Today's announcement recognizes the fact that no one service, association, government agency, or organization will ever be the 100 per cent solution for their members in need of mental health support. When a member is struggling, it doesn't matter where, when or how the injury occurred. What matters is that our first responders and their family members know that we are in this together -- working to ensure they receive the help they so rightly deserve," says Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada. "We are proud to partner with Durham Regional Police and Durham Region Paramedic Services and look forward to doing our part to support their members and their families."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UkzvZWleVM

Background:
Wounded Warrior Services

Wounded Warriors Canada provides support for first responders and their families through various initiatives including:

-Trauma Resiliency Program
-Peer Support Family Assistance Program
-COPE (Couples Overcome PTSD Everyday)
-PTSD Service Dog Program
-Couples-Based PTSD Equine Therapy
-Tribute to Your Service Events

DRPS Mental Health Member Services
DRPS provides a variety of mental health services to its members including:

-PILLAR Peer Support Network
-Healthy Apples Program (which includes a mental health check)
-Homewood Health, Employee & Family Assistance Program
-Critical Incident Stress Support Team
-Mental Wellness Symposium

RDPS Mental Health Member Services
RDPS provides a variety of mental health services to its members including:

-R2MR - Road to Mental Readiness Training
-Peer Support Program
-Critical Incident Stress Team
-Trauma Recovery with Occupational Therapy
-Family Services Employee Assistance Program
-Bellwood Health Services
-Homewood Health Centre

For more information about Wounded Warriors Canada: https://woundedwarriors.ca/

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Below are attached files.
Group at the Launch (JPG file, 351.5K bytes)
Chief Martin Speaks about Importance of Ending the Stigma of Mental Health Issues (JPG file, 1,207.2K bytes)
Deputy Chief Moir Speaks about the New Partnership (JPG file, 1,393.1K bytes)
Scott Maxwell from Wounded Warriors Canada (JPG file, 1,248.0K bytes)