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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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Emergency workers twice as likely to suffer from PTSD
Louis Butko,

They are seen as heroes in the public eye but even the strongest among us suffer from mental problems.
accidents, fires, murders. The sights they with on a continuous basis would leave most people in shock.
A study out of the University of British Columbia found that emergency personnel suffer post-traumatic stress at twice the of the average population.
traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a type of disorder that can appear after a s Brian McAlinden says can build up over time.
“It’s like taking a drop of water and putting it in a cup. These drops add up,” McAlinden told
“Calls could have been tremendous in nature and a lot of people can handle it really well, but the last drop might be the smallest one and trigger the whole thing. As these drops build up it’s eventually going to get to the brim.”
McAlinden is the Acting Captain of Toronto Fire’s Peer Support and Critical Incident Stress Team. The team is comprised of people within Toronto Fire volunteering their time to take calls from fellow firefighters who respond to traumatic calls.
Most of the personnel come from operations-and have served as frontline firefighters at some point in their . They take seminars where they coping skills and go to workshops on identifying issues and how to approach them.
As much support as they make available, thereis still a stigma among firefighters that makes seeking helpdifficult.
“They don’t want to appear the weakest guy on the team. But we’re trying to let them know, it’s not a sign of weakness, there’s no hiding the fact that it hurt,” McAlinden said.
“There is no cast, there is no bandage. We’re trying to get rid of the stigma. It’s needless; you try and tell the guys.”
McAlinden says members should look out for symptoms of issues if they believe they need help. Departure from normal behaviours, including increased drinking, change in dietary habits, sleep patterns, or mood swings, could all be signs of struggling with mental health problems.
Toronto Emergency house psychologist for more than 18 years. Moreover, a peer support team will be proactive and approach paramedics who have been at the scene of a tragedy as opposed to waiting for them to seek help.
Toronto EMS psychologist Dr. Lori Gray told first and are at risk of developing mental health problems if left alone.
s tragedy and are expected to Gray said.
“Our approach is let’s reach out very early on. Let’s look at the day it happens, the death of a child, a multiple shooting- that day. Let’s reach out before we see the signs and symptoms.”
President of the Toronto Police Association Mike McMormack says the way police officers look at their mental health has changed dramatically as well.
I think the culture in policing had a sort of paradigm shift toward mental illness and those kinds of effects the McMormack told CP24.
“PTSD has been recognized as a serious issue. We are a lot more proactive now. In my early days,the officers acted with more bravado. That’s sort of broken down.”
In 1998,Toronto Police introduced the Employee Family Assistance Program, which allows officers to anonymously call in support for a range of problems ranging from stress at work, to problems at home.
“We find more officers utilize the service. Something close to 13 to 18 percent of officers use the services we offer to deal with mental health stress,” McCormack said.

Up Coming ICISF Courses 

April 10 - 12 - Grin Training, Orillia Ont

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April 11th - 12th - Group Training -  Mildmay Ontario(near Walkerton). Cost is $250 before March 11th, or $300 after March 11th.
Interested students can contact Deborah MacDonald at or 1-519-357-0752

May 6th - 7th  - Individual Training - Montreal, Quebec - cost is $300 until April 11th, then goes up to $375. location will be the Marriott Montreal Chateau Champlain Hotel
To register or for more information, contact Brian Bennett 416-894-6015, or

Up Coming Conferences

 Victims of Crime Awareness Week Conference


April 23rd - 24th , 2015

Register: Contact Victim Services of York Region


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ICISF 13TH World Congress on Stress, Trauma & Coping

May 11 - 16, 2015 

 Baltimore, MD

Canadian Critical Incident Stress Conference
 April 19 -22 2016


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