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Mental Health & Wellness

Everyone Needs Backup

“Police personnel and first responders are at a much greater risk of developing mental health-related conditions, such as PTSD, due to their frequent exposure to traumatic incidents. The PAO is committed to advocating for more consistent and effective mental health support programs to be available to all members across the province, no matter if they serve in a large urban centre or a small town.”

Mark Baxter, President, Police Association of Ontario

Second Everyone Needs Backup Member Testimonial Video – June 2021

First Everyone Needs Backup Member Testimonial Video – October 2020

Thank you to the all sworn and civilian police personnel from across Ontario who volunteered to share their experiences in the hopes it may help others through the PAO’s Everyone Needs Backup member mental health initiative.

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