July 13, 2016

To: All Members of Local 867



Attention Canadian Affiliates: 

The Mental Health Commission of Canada is launching a new webinar series on mental health for first responders. This upcoming free webinar on July 26, 2016 focuses on suicide prevention for first responders.

The IAFF Canadian Office is working with the Mental Health Commission of Canada to create a mental health roadmap for fire fighters. This roadmap links in with our ongoing work with the federal government to create a National Action Plan for PTSD for first responders. The Mental Health Commission of Canada’s webinar series contributes to our efforts to raise awareness and educate members to foster healing, resilience and suicide prevention.

The invitation below includes further webinar details.

Please share with your local members, as we encourage all members to participate.

Thank you,

Scott Marks

Assistant to the General President

IAFF Canadian Office


Join Our Upcoming Webinar

Raising awareness and talking about suicide prevention can increase help-seeking behaviour and build capacity to prevent suicide.
Talking about suicide prevention among first responders is important. Awareness and understanding open the door to accessing help and mental health support when needed.   The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is launching a new webinar series dedicated to supporting the mental health of first responders. Sign up today to learn about effective mental health strategies specific to the first responder community. Learn from Tom Walker, Human Factors Specialist at Ornge on trends, risk factors and strategies for raising awareness about and preventing suicide among first responders.
Suicide Prevention for First Responders

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 1 – 2 p.m. ET
Guest Speaker:
Tom Walker, MSW, RSW Human Factors Specialist Ornge

Mental health for first responders webinars are for first responders, organizational leaders, occupational health and safety leaders, human resources professionals, service providers, mental health professionals, as well as individuals providing support to first responders in a professional capacity, or as caregivers and family members.   This webinar will be presented in English. A recording and PowerPoint presentation will be available on the MHCC’s website by the end of August 2016.

NEXT MENTAL HEALTH FOR FIRST RESPONDERS WEBINAR: September 20, 2016 at 1 p.m. ET For more information: Please visit the MHCC website or join the conversation on Twitter Samuel Breau Program Manager, Prevention and Promotion Mental Health Commission of Canada 613-683-3912  (Office) sbreau@ To access our webinar archives related to suicide prevention, please follow this link.