First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery

Help for those who help others

Few deal with tragedy and trauma as frequently as first responders. As a result, the incidence of mental illness among emergency personnel is four times the national average in Canada.

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.

Program under development

At SFU, we're committed to ensuring that our First Responders Trauma Prevention and Recovery Certificate program will effectively support first responders in the critical work that they perform every day. Since launching the first courses last fall, we've encountered several challenges in further developing our curriculum. Trauma in first responders is a highly sensitive and urgently needed area of study that requires the utmost care and rigour in the creation of specialized course content.

We appreciate your patience as we work with our instructors to build the best possible program for your needs. In the meantime, we will resume offering courses in September. Registration will open in August. 

To receive further updates, including notices when courses open for registration, please join our email list. 

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Do you need support?

If you're a first responder in need of mental health support, contact the Tema Conter Memorial Trust.