Mental Health Resources

Boots On The Ground – Peer Support for First Responders

1-833-677-2668

https://www.bootsontheground.ca/

This dedicated team provides confidential and anonymous Peer Support 24/7 to First Responders across the Province. The Boots on the Ground team is also in a unique position to be able to provide in person peer support 24/7 in the GTA. (This will expand across the Province in the future)

We offer our services to retired and serving Police Officers, Firefighters, EMS and Corrections Officers across the Province. Civilian members of the above organizations can also utilize these services. Please note we do not turn any callers away from our help line.

Read the article below that features Jake Mitchell discussing what Boots On The Ground offers and the importance of reaching out to them when needing support:

Life Voice – Suicide prevention and mental health workshops

https://www.lifevoice.ca/

We are leaders in delivering evidence-based, internationally taught mental health and suicide prevention workshops. Our workshops include Mental Health First Aid, Compassion Fatigue, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training,) safeTALK, and The “ASK” Workshop (Assessing for Suicide in Kids trainings). Click here for our upcoming workshop dates. Or, contact us for an in-house quote.

Virtual Mental Health Workshops & Webinars

(Original Content)

Welcome to our specialized training for First Responders that will increase your awareness and resilience around your own mental health and well-being; as well as build effective skills to provide peer support and patient care to those in distress. This training has been developed by a First Responder, for other First Responders and frontline workers. Topics and skills are explored from both an emergency response and peer support perspective. Participants of this training will learn and practice the steps to identify and assist individuals who are struggling with mental health problems, disorders, or experiencing acute emergencies related to their well-being. This training introduces more advanced skills and understanding to increase capacity to support individuals in crisis; while monitoring yourself to prevent burnout or compassion fatigue. This was developed to help prepare the volunteers of Boots On The Ground for effective peer support and building effective bio-psycho-social resources.
This is a presentation that I created for my fellow paramedics while working in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I decided to record it to share with as many first responders and healthcare workers as possible. I created this around two real life calls that I responded to, involving patients in acute psychosis. I intended it to be used as a lesson in using evidence-based crisis intervention and harm reduction tactics proven to enhance patient/provider safety.

Psychedelic-assisted Therapy Research

Mapping The Mind – Discussing the documentary “From Shock to Awe” and the future of integrating psychedelics into trauma therapy

PANEL DISCUSSION: I hosted a screening of the film, “From Shock To Awe”, about first responders and veterans using psychedelics, cannabis, and alternative therapies for healing Post-Traumatic Stress. I was joined by special guests: Debbie O’Neil (Former Firefighter), Jerry Brown (Researcher), and Matt Chorny (Former Police Office). This was put on by Mapping The Mind, who promotes psychedelic research and advocacy of their therapeutic potentials.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWER PERIOD: I hosted a screening of the film, “From Shock To Awe”, about first responders and veterans using psychedelics, cannabis, and alternative therapies for healing Post-Traumatic Stress. I was joined by special guests: Debbie O’Neil (Former Firefighter), Jerry Brown (Researcher), and Matt Chorny (Former Police Office). This was put on by Mapping The Mind, who promotes psychedelic research and advocacy of their therapeutic potentials.
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