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Mental Health Commission and CAFC Join Forces to Give Fire Service Personnel Mental Health Training

January 27, 2016  
Posted by: Erika Adams
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The Mental Health Commission of Canada and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs Join Forces to Give Fire Service Personnel Mental Health Training


Ottawa, ON, Wednesday, January 27, 2016–  Today, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC) announced they will work together to collaborate on the development and promotion of the MHCC’s Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) training program for the fire service across Canada. Tailored to meet their specific needs, this program improves short and long-term mental health outcomes through raising awareness, tackling stigma and heightening resiliency.


“The MHCC applauds the CAFC for putting mental health and wellness at the top of the agenda,” says Louise Bradley, MHCC President and CEO. “I believe this initiative will do more than improve lives…it will save them.”


“By investing in early intervention training, we are putting our people in the best position to deliver services to our communities, while maintaining their own mental health,” agrees Paul Boissonneault, CAFC President and Fire Chief, County of Brant, Ontario. “We are very excited, because starting next week, the first of 30,000 fire fighters will begin training, right here in Ontario.”


Initially developed by the Department of National Defence, R2MR has been adapted for a first responder setting. Over the next year, the MHCC and the CAFC will be working to further tailor the program to accommodate a full range of personnel, from career firefighters to volunteers to civilian dispatch workers.


Overall, participants observe that the training makes a difference by starting important conversations and improving mental health awareness.


For more information please visit the MHCC website.


Guided by Changing Directions, Changing Lives: The Mental Health Strategy for Canada, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) is a catalyst for improving the mental health system and changing the attitudes and behaviours of Canadians around mental health – at home, work, and school, as well as with the media and healthcare providers – from coast to coast to coast. Through its unique mandate from Health Canada, the Commission is Canada’s coordinating agent, bringing together the best and most influential minds in the mental health community. The MHCC is collaborating with hundreds of partners towards a mental health system that is inclusive, adaptable, and supports Canadians living with mental health problems and mental illnesses in their recovery journey. Together we accelerate change needed to transform Canada’s mental health system and the wellbeing of all.



Founded in 1909, the CAFC is an independent, non-profit organization representing approximately 3,500 fire departments across Canada. As the voice of fire services in Canada, the CAFC promotes the highest standard of public safety in an ever changing and increasingly complex world. CAFC acts as the national public service association dedicated to reducing the loss of life and property from fire. For more information on the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs, visit our website:


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