As Family & Friends

The events and experiences of being a first responder can impact everyone around them: spouses, kids, friends and other family members.

Here are some tools to help friends and family members recognize the signs of mental health issues in first responders, and how you can support someone you care about.

CISM Signs and Symptoms

Your loved one has been involved in an emotion-charged event, often known as a critical incident. They may be …

A toolkit for families

A resource for families supporting children, youth, and adults with a mental or substance use disorder. 5 modules address …

Family self-care and recovery

A resource for families of people dealing with a mental illness. The focus is on helping families to be …

A practical guide for survivors of suicide

A guide that focuses on the practical matters that survivors need to deal with after a suicide. Includes BC …

Supporting a friend or family member with a mental illness

A resource for families and friends of people in the recovery process from a mental illness.

Preventing Suicide

How to reduce the risk of suicide, including looking for warning signs.

Family Support

Resources and support that are available to the families of first responders who may be struggling with their mental …

2023 Conference – Day 1 – Family Panel

Family Support: A Panel Discussion Members of the BC First Responders’ Mental Health Committee share their experiences on navigating …

A Guide for Families

While first responders are on the front lines responding to emergencies and other traumatic events, their loved ones play …

Emergency Services Foundation: Families Guide

Developed by the Emergency Services Foundation, Victoria, Australia, this Guide is intended to help families of emergency service workers …