New program focuses on families of first responders impacted by PTSD

MONCTON, NB, May 3, 2017 /CNW/ - Family members of first responders impacted by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will now have access to new supports in increasing resiliency and improving mental health outcomes. Medavie Health Foundation is partnering with the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) to develop Road to Mental Readiness (R2MR) for Families and other Supportive Relationships. The Foundation is providing $74,600, with Brain Canada Foundation providing matching funding, for further adaption and knowledge exchange, making this a near $150,000 initiative.

This new national program - to be available in both French and English - will be adapted for family members and others in supportive relationships of paramedics and other first responders. Relevant stakeholders will be involved in the development of the program, which will be evaluated by those it is aimed at supporting.

"This new program embodies our commitment of investing in the health and well-being of Canadians through our support of innovative, evidence-based solutions that address the health care needs of our communities. It's also an example of a different kind of heath care, one that doesn't start in a doctor's office, but in our kitchens and living rooms in keeping Canadians healthy and living their best lives."
Bernard Lord, CEO, Medavie

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About Medavie Health Foundation
Medavie Health Foundation is funded by Medavie Blue Cross and Medavie Health Services as part of a long-term commitment to make a lasting impact in the communities where our employees and customers live and work. The Foundation supports and promotes innovative and evidence-based solutions to address some of our country's most pressing physical and mental health care challenges, with a focus on child and youth mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder, and type 2 diabetes. It aims to bring organizations and communities together through collaborative multi-year partnerships and to support grassroots, community-based initiatives through an annual grants program. For more information and to sign up for our e-newsletter, visit us at


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