The PAO strongly encourages all police personnel members and the public to keep up-to-date on the status of COVID-19 in Ontario and Canada. Visit covid-19.ontario.ca for updates on current emergency orders, vaccination availability, and access to a self-assessment tool.
The mental health and wellness of Ontario’s police personnel is vital. This is not a job that can easily be left behind when a shift is over. Our officers and civilian personnel do everything they can to keep others safe, but too often that means putting themselves at risk.
We need your help in spreading the message. We are encouraging members to access the below resources if they are struggling, and/or to share these resources with their colleagues who may be suffering in silence.
Note: The PAO does not provide medical advice of any nature. If you need immediate help, please contact Crisis Services Canada at https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca or call 9-1-1 in an emergency.
Badge of Life Canada Tel: 1.519.377.6959 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Peer supporting police and corrections personnel who are dealing with psychological injuries diagnosed from service. ++ Free virtual Zoom sessions available for first responders. These supportive sessions are delivered with a psychoeducational component facilitated within a peer structured environment by licensed professionals, chaplains and positive-lived experience individuals.
BEACON Digital Therapy Digital therapy option that is personalized and guided by a registered mental health professional.
Canada Beyond the Blue info@CanadaBeyondTheBlue.com A peer-led, non-profit organization with Chapters across the nation. Dedicated to strengthening and supporting families of law enforcement officers in Canada. We strive to promote an awareness of our officer’s worth as well as an understanding of the joys and struggles that are uniquely experienced in life in law enforcement.
Connex Ontario Tel: 1.866.531.2600 24/7 addiction, mental health and problem gambling treatment services.
CopLine Tel: 1-800-COPLINE (267-5463) CopLine is dedicated to serving active and retired law enforcement officers and their loved ones by providing confidential 24/7 trained retired officers for callers that are dealing with various stressors law enforcement careers encounter both on and off the job. Based out of the United States but available to those in Canada as well.
First Responder Assist Tel: 1.877.767.9642 First Responder Assist provides an inter-professional team dedicated to serving the psychological needs of all Public Safety Personnel/First Responders in the province and offers prevention services, crisis support, and treatment in the form of individual and group therapy. Virtual and in-person supports (through Wounded Warriors venue partners) are available.