The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation
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Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation 

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Welcome et Bienvenue to the C.C.I.S.F

The CCISF is a charitable organization dedicated to the mitigation of disabling stress and the fight against Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for Emergency Service Workers and Communities that have been involved in or exposed to traumatic events


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2015: 39 First Responders and 12 military members died by suicide.

2014: 27 First Responders and 19 military members died by suicide.

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Alberta Fires

The Province of Alberta has called a state of emergency as the fires continue to rage in Fort McMurray. The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation has been contacted to assist in the CISM response for emergency personnel involved in the disaster. We are calling on all teams/individuals in the Province of Alberta, that are prepared to assist in providing individual and group crisis interventions.

Teams/Individuals must:
-be certified in ICISF individual and group crisis ...intervention minimum
-able to deploy fairly rapidly with minimal notice
-have proper photo identification including name, organization/service, and CISM
-have a good understanding of the ICS (Incident Command System)
-be in good physical and emotional health
-agree that your contact information can be shared with the POC (Provincial Operations Center)

Once we receive your information we will be compiling a list of Individuals/Teams and forwarding to the CISM coordinator at the POC. You will be contacted by the POC for deployment if/when required.

If you are aware of other teams in your area that have not registered their information with us, please contact them and have them send an email as soon as possible

Your support and assistance is greatly appreciated.


Unity Run 2016

Unity Run 2016 was a HUGE SUCCESS!

HERE THEY ARE.... Those Finish-line photos and your results ladies and gentlemen !! thank you

Finish Line Photos:

10.4 Results:

If anyone ran with a different number or completed a different race distance, please email with the correction and It will be update it.


The H.E.L.P. Network  group is a FREE professionally facilitated peer support group exclusively for First Responders personnel, both sworn officers and civilian staff. This includes Police, Fire, EMS & Corrections

2016 HELP Network Dates
February 23
March 8, 22
April 5, 19
May 17, 31
June 14 cancelled, 28
July and August Summer Break
September 6,20
October 4, 18
November 1, 15, 29
December 13 Christmas Open house

For location and information about the HELP Network, please  visit :

Up Coming ICISF Courses 

September 17-18  "Assisting Individuals in Crisis" 
Monte Carlo Inn, Markham. Cost is $300 if registered by Aug 17th, or $350 after Aug 17th. (Cost for members of the Ski Patrol is $150) 416-894-6015

September 24-25th "Group Crisis Intervention" 
 Huron County (Bayfield/Goderich area). See website for details. 416-894-6015

Up Coming Conferences

April 24th - 29th  2017 - ONTARIO
Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress and Training


  • The CCISF is proud to announce the successful launch of our first camp for the families and children of LODD or Suicide in Canada August 2015. For more details on the camp or to apply for our 2016 camp please visit

  • CALL FOR SPEAKERS NOW OPEN for the 2017 Canadian Critical Incident Stress Congress and Training

Featured Article 

Ontario plan to help first responders deal with PTSD

Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press                                      

TORONTO -- Ontario's labour minister announced plans Monday to help first responders deal with post traumatic stress disorder, and suggested it would be recognized as a work-related illness for police, firefighters and paramedics.

The stress and danger faced by first responders can have a lasting and serious effect not only on their physical health, but their mental health as well, said Kevin Flynn.

"Research shows first responders are at least twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD, and that PTSD results in more suicide attempts than all other anxiety disorders," he said.

The Liberal government is taking action "to do what we can to address this issue," Flynn said in a speech to the Ontario Firefighters Association.

"This includes looking at your coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, because right now, in order to be covered, you need to be able to demonstrate you were injured on the job," he said.

New Democrat Cheri DiNovo, who introduced five private member's bills over several years trying to extend WSIB coverage to first responders with PTSD, said the government must take steps to recognize that they got sick on the job.

"I can tell you tens of thousands of first responders are upset about how long this has taken," said DiNovo. "We have the highest rates of suicide in the country for first responders. Something's got to give."

Manitoba and Alberta already recognize PTSD as work-related for first responders, and Ontario has presumptive legislation that recognizes many forms of cancer as work-related illnesses for firefighters, added DiNovo.

"Not everyone who runs into a plastics fire or chemical fire comes out with cancer, but we need to take care of the ones that do," she said. "It's the same with PTSD. We have to look after those that come down with PTSD, and we are not."

Flynn vowed Ontario will become a leader in helping first responders with PTSD, with an approach that he said will include "both preventative and legislative measures," as well as grants to better understand triggers and optimal prevention techniques.

"I have worked extensively with my colleagues over the past year to determine what legislative options are available to provide immediate identification, intervention and treatment to those first responders with work-related PTSD injuries," he said.

"I hope to announce those legislative measures in the very near future."

The province will also hold an annual summit on PTSD, create online resources for employers and first responders, and launch a public awareness campaign on radio and online to better inform people about this "serious and debilitating injury," said Flynn.

Reducing the stigma associated with PTSD is one of the biggest challenges in hindering effective treatment, he added.

"This fear of being perceived as weak, damaged or ashamed leaves many to suffer alone," Flynn said. "We need to talk about it openly and support and educate one another."