New Mental Health Supports for Volunteer Firefighters, Ground Search and Rescue

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Nova Scotia’s volunteer firefighters and volunteer associates of floor research and rescue teams will before long have access to new mental wellness supports.

The new Nova Scotia Firefighter and Floor Search and Rescue Volunteer Help Program will give these very important 1st responders and their people accessibility to a array of well being and wellness services, such as personal and household counselling, tension management, nutrition assist and much more. The companies are equivalent to people presented by way of staff and spouse and children aid courses for profession first responders. The services will get started in December.

“Over the past couple several years, Nova Scotians have named on our volunteer firefighters and ground look for and rescue volunteers like never ever ahead of,” explained Brian Comer, Minister of Addictions and Psychological Health. “They are there for us on our worst days. This new program is one particular way we can be there for them when they require us.”

Volunteer very first responders will have obtain to counselling by psychological wellness clinicians 24 hrs a day, seven days a 7 days by means of a designated mobile phone amount starting off following thirty day period.

The services is aspect of a two-calendar year pilot system with Telus Overall health that will aid the govt much better comprehend the psychological overall health wants of volunteer firefighters and floor look for and rescue volunteers.


Nova Scotians who volunteer to be firefighters do so because they want to support their neighbours, pals and family. They do this generally with out thinking about the probable for physical and psychological injuries. Volunteer firefighters in this province have seasoned a several pretty tough yrs, and this new program provides welcome help for all those who require it.&#13
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Brief Facts:


  • the Province is investing $75,000 above two decades for the application
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  • there are about 6,000 volunteer firefighters and 1,200 ground research and rescue volunteers in Nova Scotia
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  • volunteer 1st responders can also entry PSPNET, a cost-free on the web provider that offers mental wellbeing and very well-remaining support to community safety personnel dealing with troubles connected to stress, depression and put up-traumatic anxiety
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  • Telus Overall health provides the worker and loved ones help plan for Govt of Nova Scotia workers and is the service provider for Entry Wellness, a single session one particular-to-one counselling software offered to all Nova Scotians
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