New national program supports psychological health of Canadian fire fighters

(Toronto, Dec. 1, 2020) – Today, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) expand trauma responses, while building healthier teams. 

Co-developed by CMHA Vancouver-Fraser with Vancouver Fire and for fire fighters.

To date, Resilient Minds has successfully equipped fire fighters across BC and is quickly becoming a sought-after program in the fire-fighting community across the country.

“Firefighters work hard to protect our communities, and members of the public. CMHA is proud to be offering Resilient Minds to more first responders nationwide.”

Fire fighters are exposed to significant trauma as a result of their work and require skills to safeguard their psychological health, skills that are not taught as part of their technical training. This skill deficit not only puts them at risk of developing a psychological illness, but contributes to a high rate of suicide amongst fire fighters; 30% higher than the general population.

Recognizing that many other first responders, such as paramedics and behaviours within fire services more broadly.

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About Resilient Minds
Resilient Minds has supported hundreds of fire fighters in BC to develop strategies to mitigate and boosting resilience. 

  • Innovative and stress-related injuries.
  • Fire Fighters Train Fire Fighters– Using a peer-to-peer model of instruction, the Resilient Minds curriculum is taught by fire fighters to fire fighters.
  • Volunteer and resources available to the two groups.

About the Canadian Mental Health Association
Founded in 1918, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is the most established, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada. Through a presence in more than 330 communities across every province and thrive. For more information, visit

About Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario is a not-for-profit, charitable organization. We work to improve the lives of all Ontarians through leadership, collaboration and addictions service providers across the province, serve approximately 500,000 Ontarians each year.

Local Media Contact
Justin Dickie
Communications Officer
Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario
T: 416-977-5580, ext. 4175

Mental Health Works is a nationwide social enterprise of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division. It provides capacity-building workshops, presentations and solutions-focused. 

For more information about how Mental Health Works can support your workplace manage the impact of the pandemic, visit


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