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December 2015

Paramedic Nat’s Evening $ Raised!

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Finally able to announce! I have received all of the money raised at Paramedic Nat’s Evening for Mental Health, and including separate donations made in the event’s name, the evening raised a total of $3902.73!
A huge thank you to the County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, Barrie Police Services, Barrie Fire Services, CFB Borden, the Maclaren Art Centre, everyone who donated, attended, volunteered their time and services, were speakers, and who supported this vision and made it possible. I love you all!
I am happy to share that this is just the beginning! In the new year I have been given several more opportunities to speak and raise awareness and funds for mental health. I will traveling to Alberta, New Brunswick, and speaking for Sunnybrook Basehospital, to name a few. I will also be presenting the peer support group model which many fellow first responders, dispatchers, and healthcare providers have been helping me to create over the past few months, and I look forward to sharing my experiences with all of you along the way!
Without all of your support this couldn’t have been possible. From the bottom of my heart, thank you ❤

Merry Christmas From the Road 

  
So much to be grateful for on this Christmas Day! Last year I was alone at Homewood, wondering how I would make it through another year. This year I’m back to work and surrounded by people I love ❤️. God is good. Merry Christmas to all! 

First Responder’s Trauma Course

First of its kind in Canada! I am so excited to participate in the development and delivery of this program through Simon Fraser University. This part-time, online program is designed to help first responders mitigate the impact of traumatic events in their own lives and offer support to their colleagues.

The founder and executive director of the Tema Conter Memorial Trust and the Heroes are Human initiative, Vince Savoia, has called the suicide rate among first responders a national crisis. There is a clear need for services and education that will support those who help others.

The program begins in fall 2016. Topics you’ll study include the following:
-Crisis intervention and communication
-Mental-health intervention
-Grief, loss and change
-Personal resilience
-Inclusivity and cultural awareness
-Physiological responses to trauma
-Addictions, organizational culture and stressors
-Suicide awareness and intervention

Stay tuned for more information!

http://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs-and-courses/area-of-study/workplace-health-and-wellness/first-responders-trauma-management.html?utm_source=postcard&utm_medium=print&utm_campaign=first+responders&utm_content=first+responders+postcard

#ivegotyourback911 Calendars are out! 

  
Hello All! 

Check out #ivegotyourback911’s 2016 calendar. Filled with pictures of amazing paramedics, police officers, communications officers, fire fighters and therapy dogs; get yours today! 

Go to http://store.ivegotyourback911.com/shop/

My daughter and I personally like September! 😉

Sending love! ~Nat 

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