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York Region Paramedics partner with Wounded Warriors Canada

A new partnership between York Region Paramedics and Wounded Warriors Canada

The Regional Municipality of York’s Paramedic Services, in collaboration with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC) is now offering paramedics and their families’ access to a range of additional mental-health supports.

Wounded Warriors Canada is a national mental-health charity that funds the development and delivery of mental-health programs to assist members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans, first responders and their families. Under the agreement, Paramedics Services will share resources and identify or refer paramedics in need of mental-health supports and services to the programs offered by WWC.

“This partnership reaffirms the Region’s commitment towards building and maintaining positive mental health for our paramedics and complements the programs and services we already offer,” said Chris Spearen, Chief of York Region Paramedic Services.

Paramedics are highly trained and skilled clinical professionals who are often the first to arrive at an emergency. Due to the nature of their work, they may face challenging situations that test their physical or mental health and safety. Wounded Warriors Canada’s innovative approach combines clinical best practices and evidence-informed care to create an environment of compassion, hope and resiliency for participants.

“This partnership recognizes there is no one organization that can do it all when it comes to mental health support,” says Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada. “When a first responder is struggling, what matters is that they and their family receive the help they need and deserve. We are proud to partner with York Region Paramedic Services and look forward to helping support paramedics and their families in their time of need.”

York Region offers a variety of mental-health supports to Regional staff and paramedics, including access to the Paramedic Peer Support Team, Critical Incident Stress Management team, Employee and Family Assistance Program, Trauma Assist built for First Responders and training through the Road to Mental Readiness for Paramedics program. Access to the Region’s corporate wellness program and the Employee Health Unit is also available.

For more information about Wounded Warriors Canada, visit woundedwarriors.ca

York Region’s team of more than 500 paramedics provide emergency response and community care to residents and visitors 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Visit york.ca/paramedics for more information or follow York Region Paramedics on Twitter @YorkParamedics


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