This resource list is for information purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement by Badge of Life Canada or guarantee any particular outcome.

Family & Childrens Camps

Kids of Heroes
(Whose Parents are living with an OSI (Operational Stress Injury)

Working with the Mental Health Services Team from the Petawawa Military Family Resource Centre, Camp Maple Leaf offers a one week camp session dedicated to providing extra “kid-friendly” support for the children of our country’s heroes (Military and First Responder families) who live with an OSI (Operational Stress Injury) as a result of their service.

Camp Maple Leaf is a not-for-profit, sleepover camp for children of Canadian Military Families and children living with unique challenges.

An initiative dedicated to families living with a First Responder diagnosed with PTSD.

This exclusive retreat is dedicated to families living with an Emergency Service Member who has been diagnosed with PTSD.

These weekend retreats on Pidegon Lake in the Kawarthas Ontario offer an opportunity for families to come together with a common thread. Through the power of peer support, trained personnel and mental health oversight, these families will have the opportunity to share, connect, grow and learn, all while building lifelong friendships.

Family Books

Book Cover A Hero Lives in My Family

A Hero Lives in My Family

A Hero Lives in My Family: A Story for Kids of First Responders First Responders are Heroes!…

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Book Cover Dad's Addiction

Dad’s Addiction: Helping Children Understand Addiction

Carolyn Hannan Bell is a psychotherapist in South Jersey. Her book, Dad’s Addiction was written to help…

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Daddy’s Disease

In an easily understood, beautifully illustrated style, “Daddy’s Disease” helps families to navigate the difficult waters of…

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Book Cover Mom's Addiction

Mom’s Addiction: Helping Children Understand Addiction

Carolyn Hannan Bell is a psychotherapist in South Jersey. This is her fourth book in her Helping…

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Be patient. Getting better takes time, even when a person is committed to treatment for PTSD. Be patient with the pace of recovery. It’s a process that takes time and often involves setbacks. The important thing is to stay positive and keep at it.

Educate yourself about PTSD. The more you know about the symptoms, effects, and treatment options, the better equipped you’ll be to help your loved one, understand what he or she is going through, and keep things in perspective.

Don’t pressure your loved one into talking. It can be very difficult for people with PTSD to talk about their traumatic experiences. For some, it can even make things worse. Instead of trying to force it, just let them know you’re willing to listen when they’re ready.

Take care of your emotional and physical health. As the saying goes, put on your own oxygen mask first. You won’t be any good to your loved one if you are burned out, sick, or exhausted.

Accept (and expect) mixed feelings. As you go through the emotional wringer, be prepared for a complicated mix of feelings—some of which you’ll never want to admit. Just remember, having negative feelings toward your family member doesn’t mean you don’t love them.

Early detection and a planned intervention...that's First Eyes®!

Don’t wait for PTSD to strike before taking action. Build your own plan for early detection and intervention. You owe it to your family, your friends and yourself.

What is the First Eyes® Proactive Family Mental Health Program?First Eyes® is a 3-hour virtual workshop and its goal is to minimize the impact and affect that a “mental injury or illness”, like PTSD, can have on:

  • an "at-risk" person
  • their "partner"
  • their family, and
  • their friends

With early detection and a planned intervention, the likelihood for positive outcomes in a shorter period of time is increased.

 

Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation Family Support

When someone you care about suffers from post-traumatic stress or the disorder it affects you too. The symptoms of PTS(D) aren't easy to live with, and the changes in your loved one can be downright terrifying. You worry that things won't ever go back to the way they were before. At the same time, you may feel angry about what's happening to your family, and hurt by your loved one's distance and moodiness.

It's a stressful situation all around one that can leave you feeling overwhelmed, even as you try your best to stay strong. The most important thing to know is that you aren't helpless. Your support can make a huge difference in your partner, friend, or family member's recovery. But as you do your best to care for someone with PTSD, you also need to take care of yourself.

It is important to know that YOU ARE NOT ALONE in this journey of "new normal"

We are working diligently to develop and implement a support group where spouses and partners of our Emergency Service Professionals have a place to connect with eachother and discuss what they are experiencing, ask questions and raise concerns.

There has been an official private Facebook group that has been created and if you wish to be added to this group please message ccisf@live.ca.

First Responder Family Resiliency Support Group

Ottawa, ON

Offering confidential support to Spouses, Partners & Caregivers of First Responders living with OSI or PTSD.
Meetings are twice a month on Wednesdays at 7pm
Email: firstresponderfamilyottawa@gmail.com

North end of Toronto, ON (with plenty of parking)

If you “love a cop”and would like a place to share what that is like for you, consider the following:

A pilot project, support/therapy group for family members of police officers
On the first and third monday of the month from 7 to 9 pm.

There is an individual interview by phone or in person prior to joining.

Space is limited so if you are interested please call Pat Davies 416 859 3579 and leave a message with the best time to return your call or email kirmit@sympatico.ca with “family group” in the subject line.

Beyond The Blue is an independent, peer-led, not for profit organization dedicated to serving spouses & families of police officers in Canada – with chapters in Calgary, AB, York, ON, and Toronto, ON. We strive to promote an awareness of our officer’s worth as well as an understanding of the joys and struggles that are uniquely experienced in a life in law enforcement.

The spouses and children of law enforcement officers face a unique set of circumstances that lends itself to the need for emotional support, better awareness, training and tools to enable police families to thrive with their roles as a support system for their police officer.

Each Beyond The Blue chapter coordinates support and resources that aid in offering training & practical tools to police spouses and families for the enrichment of family life with a law enforcement officer. BTB understand that privacy and confidentiality are paramount.

OSI can have a number of symptoms, including verbal aggression, flashbacks, difficulty sleeping, irritability, depression, difficulty concentrating, hyper-vigilance and frightening thoughts. As a result, spouses or caregivers can experience burnout or compassion fatigue, can develop unhealthy coping habits, and can even develop PTSD themselves.

To attend the spousal support group, your loved one doesn’t have to be part of the OSI-CAN group.

Family Youtube Videos

PTSD/trauma experts discuss what it's like to live with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), and how friends and loved ones can help in the healing process.