Badge of Life Canada is a peer-led, charitable volunteer organization committed to supporting police and corrections personnel who are dealing with psychological injuries diagnosed from service.
Registered Canadian Charity # 784599698RR0001
Mission Statement: (4 pillars)
a) To promote health by providing active and retired personnel in policing and correctional services who have been diagnosed with operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, with access to counseling, information and group support programs;
b) To advance education by undertaking funding research into the causes and effects of, and treatments for, operational stress injuries, and making the results of that research available to the public;
c) To advance education by holding conferences and workshops, and providing educational resources, on topics related to operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention; and
d) To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above charitable purposes.
Since our inception in 2010, Badge of Life Canada has been staffed by volunteers who “walk the talk”and has been solely self-funded on a “pay it forward” approach. Badge of Life Canada supports active/retired and sworn/civilian police and corrections personnel who have been involved with the organization by offering a safe, confidential place where members in crisis can turn for immediate information that can assist those members who are suffering an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety and addictions, with access to counselling, including suicide prevention counselling, information and group support programs.
Badge of Life Canada Founder, Peter Platt, is recognized for laying the ‘brick and mortar’ for the organization that has become the foundation of OUR legitimacy and integrity within police and correctional services across Canada. For additional information regarding our Founder, please check out Peter Platt’s bio.
Our primary focus will be providing such support and information to all sworn and civilian personnel, who are either active or retired, with the following organizations across Canada:
- First Nations Police
- Municipal Police
- Provincial Police
- Corrections Personnel
However, our ability to network and collaborate with first responder personnel, military personnel, for-profit, non-profit, and charitable organizations, government agencies, staff, elected officials, academics, research institutions, and families through public access of our website resources, conferences, workshops assists with activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of our charitable purposes for the public good.
- That sworn/civilian police and corrections personnel are in a challenging role and often experience unique stressors within the First Responder community
- That active/retired – sworn/civilian police and corrections personnel professionally diagnosed with an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, should be viewed as an “HONOURABLE INJURY” and that such psychological injuries should not STIGMATIZE members with labels such as disease, illness or disorder
- That police and corrections personnel professionally diagnosed with an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, should be “presumed” to be the result of either a single traumatic event or a cumulation of traumatic incidents as a result of the members employment (presumptive legislation)
Families and children:
We are committed to supporting the families, including their children, for members who are diagnosed under the above mentioned listed criteria by providing the necessary crisis resources, research, education, along with a list of professionals and alternative supports that will help their loved ones find a new ‘normal’. The love, support and caring provided by the family can be instrumental in the recovery of a member who suffers from a psychological injury diagnosed from service.
In addition, the family can suffer in silence themselves living with a member diagnosed with a psychological injury suffered in the line of duty. Since each particular situation can be unique, the family, including children may require access to support and information found on our website when presented with members who are diagnosed with a psychological injury from service.
Badge of Life Canada will work with ALL PARLIAMENTARIANS and the Public across Canada to ensure that ALL members diagnosed with a psychological injury suffered in the line of duty have access to early and effective treatment regardless of their geographical location across Canada. Through the introduction of a national framework Badge of Life Canada is committed to providing research and information that will allow informed decisions for both the public and government when changes to legislation are contemplated.
Badge of Life Canada welcomes contact that will foster networking and collaboration from organizations, charities, and people willing to support and assist in delivering our Mission and Focus.