Access Resources, Tools and Support Programs
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. In providing this list, we are not endorsing any of these mental health support programs and services.
Badge of Life Canada
Tel: 705-330-5735 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.
Boots on the Ground
Anonymous 24/7 peer support for first responders.
Canada Beyond the Blue
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.
Canadian Institute for Public Safety, Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) – Anonymous online PTSD and anxiety disorder screening tools
Anonymous online PTSD confidential screening tool to direct you to the appropriate supports.
Canadian Mental Health Association – Ontario Chapter
All CMHAs in Ontario work in a variety of partnerships to provide a coordinated, continuum of care using the social determinants of health model.
24/7 addiction, mental health and problem gambling treatment services.
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
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.
Government of Canada – COVID-19 Mental Health Resources for Essential Service Workers
Federal resources surrounding mental health and wellness during COVID-19, self-care and resilience, financial well-being, and more.
Employee assistance and health care.
Recovery Village – Ridgefield
Specializing in more than just treating substance use disorders and co-occurring mental health disorders.