York Regional Police has announced that it is building a strong partnership with Wounded Warriors in assisting and supporting ill or injured first responders and their families through Equine Assisted Therapy for those suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
In addition, York Regional Police is the first service to be offered the opportunity to send two of our members and their spouses to attend Canada’s leading PTSD Equine Therapy program at Wind Reach Farm in Ashburn, Ontario, funded by Wounded Warriors. This is a result of the efforts of members of the York Regional Police Peer Support Unit.
The York Regional Police Peer Support Unit was formed in 2013 to respond to the need to provide support and assistance to our members and their families who may be suffering from mental health concerns, post-traumatic stress or occupational stress injuries as a result of the traumatic events first responders see on a regular basis. In addition to the Equine Therapy program, members have access to a number of services and programs including a Peer Support House that members can attend to aid in their recovery or lessen their day-to-day struggles.
Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada commented: “First responders represent the frontline of emergency response and community safety in Canada. We believe that more needs to be done to support our ill and injured police, fire and paramedics in their time of need and, as such, are proud to announce that we will be expanding the provision of this outstanding Equine Therapy program.”
“York Regional Police remains committed to assisting and supporting all members through the struggles and challenges they may be facing,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe. “This is one of many programs and options now being offered to our members to help them through difficult times and to provide ongoing support for them and their families during their recoveries.” -CINEWS