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CIPSRT Champions of Mental Health

CIPSRT Champions of Mental Health

In recent years, efforts have been made in public safety organizations to improve Public Safety Personnel’s mental health and well-being. These efforts can come in the form of programs and services, but they can also be driven by individuals dedicated to improving the well-being of their fellow Public Safety Personnel (PSP). CIPSRT created the Champions of Mental Health program to recognize and celebrate the contributions of individual Canadian PSP to mental health.

To be considered a Champion, a nominee must have done one (or more) of the following:

  • Raised awareness about PSP mental health (For example, sharing their personal mental health story widely with colleagues or helping to develop programming).
  • Helped work on mental health stigma reduction within their organizations or in the PSP community.
  • Worked as a peer supporter
  • Worked as a member of a reintegration team
  • Helped to develop practices for a psychologically safe workplace (For example, promoted self-care widely in the organization, encouraged an open environment to talk about mental health issues.)

Mental Health Champions are passionate and genuine, and they walk the talk when it comes to supporting the mental health and well-being of everyone in the organization. 

Anyone within a public safety organization, sworn or civilian, can be nominated for recognition by CIPSRT as a Champion of Mental Health. To be considered, a nominee must work for one of CIPSRT’s recognized Canadian public safety sectors:

  • Border Services
  • Corrections
  • Public Safety Communicators (911, dispatch)
  • Firefighters (including volunteer)
  • Emergency Managers
  • Operational Intelligence personnel
  • Police (federal and municipal)
  • Paramedics
  • Search and Rescue personnel (including volunteer)

The nomination period will run from August 3- Sept 10, 2021. The CIPSRT operations staff will review all nomination forms, and the winners will be chosen and announced in November of 2021. To give your Champion the best chance for recognition, be sure to be thorough on the nomination form (incomplete forms will not be reviewed.)

Mental Health Champions will receive:

  • A limited-edition CIPSRT gold challenge coin
  • A certificate of recognition
  • CIPSRT swag
  • Recognition nationally for their efforts through the CIPSRT website and social media
  • An invitation to CIPSRT’s Champions of Mental Health virtual forum that will begin developing a new national tool for PSP called “How to be a Mental Health Champion in your organization.”

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Nominate your champion today by completing the nomination form below.

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