More BC firefighters will benefit from expanded psychological wellness program

By Ministry of Mental Health and Additions
The Government of BC
March 5, 2024
Category: Health & Safety
Region: Canada, Canada West

More firefighters will learn how to develop and improve their mental-health resiliency through enhanced access to a psychological wellness training program. The BC Occupational Awareness Training online program, administered by the BC Municipal Safety Association and First Responder Health, will be offered to BC Wildfire Service staff and include more training about how to manage daily stress and anxiety. “Firefighters are there for us in the most trying times of our lives and it can take a toll on their own mental health,” said Jennifer Whiteside, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “Because they are so used to helping others through high-stress situations, it can be challenging for some first responders to take the time to focus on their own mental health.” …Launched in spring 2023, the online program is available to all municipal firefighters throughout the province and all BC Wildfire Services staff.

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