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.
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Mindfulness helps to decrease stress, increase resilience, improve personal productivity, develop connections with others, and augment the ability to experience more joy and peace. Mindfulness is all about encouraging awareness of oneself in the present moment, and without judgement. Access our mindfulness resource guide.
Yuk'wa ko'pa tum'-tum: Here with mind and heart (Chinook jargon)
Yuk'wa ko'pa tum'-tum is a Peer Mindfulness Project designed to provide mindfulness on demand at PHSA. Created by your peers across the health authority, this library of mindfulness recordings can be accessed at any time. Consider starting or ending a team meeting with mindful moments or taking a pause in your day to become fully present, allowing your mind and body to settle and experience a sense of ease and wellbeing.
Taking control of stress (e-course)
Learn key stress management skills, including: managing thinking and feelings, time management, increasing positive experiences, getting active, and relaxation.
To access the course, log into (or create a new account on) the Homewood website.
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More e-Courses related to stress management (e.g. resilience, time management, dealing with change) can be found in the
Online Education and Training document.
Canadian Mental Health Association (general information)
Resources for work-life balance including fact sheets, quizzes, resources and links.
Canadian Mental Health Association website.
Health Promotion Video Library
The Health Promotion Video Library provides a curated list of short, informative health and wellness videos. Available 24/7 from any computer, tablet or smartphone.
Access the Mental Health section of the library for videos on stress.
Guided relaxation techniques (podcasts)
Find guided audio and video clips to help you with common relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, visualization, and muscle relaxation.
To access these podcasts, log into (or create a new account on) the