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Being on the front line, going out on tough calls, dealing with difficult, life-and-death situations—all of it can take a toll on first responders. Little wonder why mental health challenges are more common among our profession than many people realize.

The first step to getting the care you need is understanding what you’re going through. The self-assessment and self-care tools and resources below are a great place to start.

Self-Assessment

Sometimes it’s helpful to take a personal mental health check—to see how you’re managing with the stress and pressure of work (and life!).

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Self-Care

The best way to protect yourself against mental challenges is to prevent them from happening in the first place. Explore some of the first responder tools and resources available to help you protect your mental health, including self-care education apps and critical incident response strategies.

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Training

Learning about mental health can help develop awareness and understanding. Here are some mental health training resources, including courses you can take to learn more about strengthening your own mental health, as well as courses that cover how to better support mental health in your workplace.

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Making a mental health claim

WorkSafeBC provides benefits for mental health disorders related to employment, though not all mental health disorders qualify for benefits. Similar to physical injuries, the first step in starting your claim is to report it to WorkSafeBC.

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There are several organizations dedicated to supporting first responders and their families with mental health issues. Find out what resources are available to you.

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These recommended practices are based on research studies and other similar practice documents, along with contributions developed through a …

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