As you may see with the following links, many of them are Canadian, because well I know what I am, but if anyone has any additional links that they think could prove to be useful, please don’t hesitate to let me know via the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Although all links provided, are not meant to be an exhaustive list, it is my hope that each link provided will be a starting place to find the help and hope that is needed.
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RESOURCES and LINKS
first responders first
Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
Veterans Affairs Canada
Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) is the department within the Government of Canada with responsibility for pensions, Benefits, and services for war veterans, retired and still-serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, their families, as well as some civilians.
After The Call
It is our aim to provide resources and information to all First Responders regardless of their location, type of career, and whether they are a volunteer, paid on call, salary, or otherwise. Through dissemination of information, we can eliminate stigma, appropriate resources, and create an effective support system for those who respond. This is to be achieved through public speaking and presentations, creating and distribution of accessible information, and offering workshops. Moreover, After The Call is actively pursuing partnerships that help to spread the message around Mental Wellness and First Responders.
USA Cares provides financial and advocacy assistance to post-9/11 active duty US military service personnel, veterans and their families.
Since April 2014, at least 196 First Responders and Military service individuals across Canada have died by suicide (reported) Through heavy and dedicated online presence the campaign gained worldwide recognition as a place for First Responders to share ideas, resources, and photos of support for one another. The campaign supports all those who have to deal with traumatic incidents in the workplace. The campaign proudly supports Paramedics, Police, Fire, Emergency Telecommunications, Nurses, Corrections, and Military.
VETS Canada is a national, volunteer-driven, nonprofit corporation. As service providers of Veterans Affairs Canada, we provide aid and comfort to Canadian veterans that are in crisis, are at risk of becoming homeless, or are homeless.
We help those who spend their lives helping you. The men and women of our emergency, public safety, and military services see tragic events every day. They witness human suffering up close, and it sometimes becomes challenging to cope with the aftermath. The result sometimes means that they will suffer from lasting memories that just won’t go away. Recalling the smells, remembering the sounds and reliving the witnessed events sometimes haunt these men and women for life. Through research, education, training, and through the provision of peer and psychological support, we aim to help these men and women when they need it most.
Soldier On is a Canadian Armed Forces program created in 2006 with the aim of providing opportunities for serving and former Canadian Armed Forces members with a mental or physical injury or illness to participate in physical, recreational or sporting activities. It supports these personnel in increasing their independence, in developing new skills, in achieving goals and opening the door to other life opportunities.
Our Purpose is to improve the quality of life and enhance the well-being of veterans, active military, first responders and their families through the delivery of effective programs that reduce effects or arrest symptoms of PTSD and related conditions.
Veterans Transition Network
Every year, more military personnel & Veterans die from suicide than any other cause, including combat. VTN exists to help Canadian vets transition to civilian life after retiring from active service.
US Department Of Veterans Affairs
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is a federal agency that provides many resources to eligible military veterans and family members who are dealing with life’s challenges, post-military.
The Royal Canadian Legion
The Royal Canadian Legion was founded by Veterans for Veterans. We advocate for the care and benefits for all who served Canada, regardless of when or where they served. The Legion also provides representation and assistance to Veterans, including currently serving Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families and access to our services are available to them at no cost, whether or not they are Legion members.
The Royal British Legion
The Legion was founded by veterans after the First World War. A century on from the start of that conflict, we’re still helping today’s Service men and women, veterans, and their families in almost every aspect of daily life. We also champion Remembrance, safeguarding the memory of those who have given their lives for our freedom through Remembrance education and events.
“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath—a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path.” Lt. Col. Grossman -Here at Sheepdog Lodge our main focus is Combat Veterans (non-combat veterans are welcome), Police Officers, EMS, and Firefighters. Sheepdog Lodge is a rustic log cabin retreat for Veterans and First Responders to reconnect and recuperate with their families and/or themselves.
Can Praxis uses horses to help soldiers recover from the effects of war and regain their family
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