First Responders and Healthcare Workers experience potentially psychologically traumatic events on the daily as part of their routine occupational duties. These exposures to potentially psychologically traumatic events can have serious effects on our Alberta Heroes, with 44.5% of all Canadian public safety personnel likely to experience one or more mental health disorder in their lifetime as a direct result of this exposure. These exposures contribute to the significant increased risk for suicide, a rate that is 3 times the general population in public safety personnel. Therefore, first responders and healthcare workers require evidence-informed supports that are specifically tailored to their unique needs.
The Alberta Critical Incident Provincial Network (ACIPN) is an internationally award-winning program designed to establish and deliver formalized training, processes and infrastructure to ensure that Alberta's crisis response peers have the best possible support to prevent psychological injury in their colleagues. Peer-led Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) peer support programming has been established as being the best method and most effective means to provide support and enable public safety personnel to fulfill their professional roles while remaining healthy and resilient.
Having a provincial network of trained peers accessible 24/7:
- Decreases lost time arising from psychological injury.
- Reduces the impact of psychological injury.
- Increases public safety personnel's length of service to their communities.
- Lowers attrition by helping to manage extreme workplace stress.
- Addresses the increased risk of suicide.
- Provides for healthier work and personal lives.
- Helps to support and educate spouses and families of public safety personnel.
The trained peers that populate this network volunteer their time to provide essential support services to their colleagues across the province. There is no cost to those in need while any individual, crew or department impacted by the work that they do can access a toll free number 24/7/365 and be connected to a peer of their respective occupation free of charge. However, there are overhead costs for running, coordinating, training, and sustaining a 24/7 peer support program.
Our first responders and healthcare workers need your support to help them stay healthy and resilient within these dire and trying times during this pandemic.
Your donation will support the sustainment of this essential service and ensure that no one falls through the cracks.
This network saves lives and improves public safety personnel communities across Alberta.
Please give generously and support a cause that will not only ultimately keep you safe but also our communities across the province as a whole and those who we rely on during our worst days, our heroes - our first responders and healthcare workers.
A message by the Alberta Critical Incident Provincial Network Team
- "Heroes Saving Heroes"
ACIPN Official Website
- Jeffrey Franc
- Marion Haggarty-France
- David Duggan
- Angie Chura
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