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Homewood Health is the Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) provider for all of PHSA. 

Homewood's employee services are free to access for all PHSA staff (full-time, part-time or casual) and dependent family members. All their services are completely confidential, complying with federal privacy legislation. PHSA does not receive any identifiable data about counselling visits, Plan Smart services, or online resources; only aggregate data on overall usage of the program is reported back to PHSA.

BC First Responders' Mental Health is for all first responders in British Columbia and their families. Take some time to review this impactful website. Everything from education, critical incident stress signs and symptoms, evaluations, worksafe claims guidelines and much more is available on this website.

  • A Hero Lives in my Family: A story for kids of first responders by Dr. Susan Hunt, registered psychologist

  • Heroic Families Workbook: For first responders and their kids by Dr. Susan Hunt

  • Emotional Survival for Law Enforcement: A guide for officers and their families by Kevin M. Gilmartin, PhD

    This book addresses the dynamics that can transform, within a matter of a few years, idealistic and committed law enforcement officers/employees into cynical, angry individuals who begin having difficulties in both the personal and professional aspects of their lives.

    It points out how law enforcement personnel develop a social perceptual set that can potentially see employees engaging in inappropriate behaviour patterns and decision-making that can lead to both administrative and criminal difficulties.

    The basic theme and goal of the book is to provide information that lets the officer/employee see how the deterioration process can take place and what specific preventative strategies can be employed to reduce the negative emotional impact of a law enforcement career. The book was written with the goal of providing information that assists law enforcement personnel to remain committed and engaged in productive law enforcement.
The PTSD Coach Canada app can help you learn about and manage symptoms that can occur after trauma. Features include:

  • Reliable information on PTSD and treatments that work
  • Tools for screening and tracking your symptoms
  • Convenient, easy-to-use tools to help you handle stress symptoms
  • Direct links to support and help
  • Always with you when you need it
Headspace is your own personal trainer for meditation and mindfulness. 163 different studies suggest that mindfulness meditation practice has an overall positive effect on anxiety and stress.
The Operational Stress Injury Resource for Caregivers is an online, self-directed tool designed for caregivers and families of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members or veterans living with an operational stress injury. The tools offered are applicable to first responder families too.

This online educational tool is the result of an innovative partnership between Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Forces Morale and Welfare Services, and the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Care Group (The Royal).
  • Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
    A dedicated peer group that supports wellness by providing education, resources and CISM interventions. Confidential and referral service to mental health professionals. 24/7.
  • Homewood Health Solutions (EFAP)
    Your employee and family assistance program. A supportive, confidential and caring environment where you can recieve counselling for any challenge, 24/7.
  • Crisis Line
    All British Columbians can call to talk to someone and/or be connected to multiple resources offered in your community. Support groups, counselling, walking clubs, bereavement etc. 24/7

  • Honour House: Free accommodations for first responders and their family who are receiving any medical treatment in the Lower Mainland.
  • Bellwood Health Services: a centre of excellence and an internationally recognized leader in evidence-based treatment of addiction and mental health problems.
  • Can Praxis: uses horses to help soldiers recover from war and regain their family relationships.
  • Canadian Association of Suicide Prevention: provides information and resources to communities to reduce the suicide rate and minimize the harmful consequences of suicidal behaviour.
  • Canadian Mental Health Association: a nation-wide, voluntary organization that promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. The CMHA accomplishes this mission through advocacy, education, research and service.
  • Canadian Psychological Association: the voluntary professional organization representing psychology. Psychologists and psychological associates have expertise in treating PTSD, operational stress injuries, mood disorders and other mental health issues impacting those in correctional, emergency and military services. To find a psychologist, visit their website.
  • Centre for Addiction and Mental Health: Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital, and one of the world's leading research centres in the area of addiction and mental health. CAMH combines clinical care, research, education, policy development and health promotion to help transform the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction issues.

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