Program

Resilient Minds™ is dedicated to building resilient fire teams and services – to educate, empower and equip fire fighters with the skills and resources to grow and maintain psychological wellness. CMHA believes in inspiring fire fighters to recognize and respond to psychological injuries and trauma in the workplace, promoting a shift to a supportive, mentally fit culture.

Innovative and Evidence-Informed – Resilient Minds™ is an evidence-based, peer-to-peer skills development program designed by and for fire fighters using the latest literature on resilience, trauma-informed practices and stress-related/occupational psychological injuries.

Fire Fighters Train Fire Fighters – Using a peer-to-peer model of instruction, the Resilient Minds curriculum is taught by fire fighters to fire fighters.

Volunteer and Career Fire Fighters – Resilient Minds™ is the only training program designed to train both career and volunteer fire fighters and takes into consideration the differences in experience and resources available to the two groups.

Resilient Minds will increase the ability to: 

  • Recognize the effects of psychological stress/trauma in self and peers
  • Understand trauma-informed practices
  • Communicate with peers who may be struggling
  • Respond safely and appropriately to distressed citizens
  • Apply personal strategies for managing stress, mitigating trauma and boosting resilience

Resilient Minds™ has supported thousands of fire fighters across Canada to develop strategies to mitigate and better manage occupational stress resulting in informed and healthier teams.

Resilient Minds™ is the only training program designed to equip career, volunteer and wildland fire fighters, considering the need for differences in experience and resources available between the groups. According to the National Fire and Paramedic Association (NFPA), more than 80% of Canada’s fire fighters are volunteer-based, with significant less access to training and development opportunities afforded to career fire fighters.

What you need to know…

Resilient Minds Brochure (PDF)

The Canadian Mental Health Association is committed to support fire fighters in a way that is specific to their occupational stressors.

For questions or to learn more, please email [email protected].

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