"Hope is being able to see that there is light, despite all of the darkness." -Desmond TUTU I know that I am moving forward in my recovery when… ● …I find myself questioning people who say I will not recover ● …I become more aware of those things that I am good at. ● …I know what I can handle and what I need to share with the professionals. ● …I am able to set up safeguards for myself. ● …I learn from my peers and get support from them. ● …I see trouble coming before it arrives. ● …I think I may have a chance. ● …I know who and what’s not good for me. ● …I realize what sets me off and stresses me out. ● …I know how to work the system. ● …I know when my behavior is appropriate and inappropriate. ● …I am able to hear “hope” from my peers – “Hang in there, it’s not forever” ● …I know the difference in symptoms and stigma and am developing coping skills for each. ● …I believe I can recover. ● …I know when to leave a situation because it has given me all it can. ● …I realize that my past life has value. ● …I know when I need a special kind of help and seek it out. ● …I know that sharing with peers helps put things in perspective. The above is provided in order to see the importance of instilling HOPE in our daily lives and try to view things in positives. Peer Support Group Leader, Leigh Photo by DanSunphotos.com Our mission is to inspire hope and contribute to the continuous well-being and recovery process of Veterans and Front Line Protectors across Canada. We seek to empower and encourage them to strive for recovery through peer and professional support while creating greater public awareness. We at OSI-CAN do not see PTSD or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder as a Disorder, we see it as an Injury you can recover from. If you are suffering from the symptoms of an Occupational or Operational Stress Injury, then a PTSD or PTSI diagnosis is not required to get our help The target demographic of OSI-CAN are but are not limited to: former and serving members of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Frontline Protectors --- which include Municipal Police Services, CN Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Wildland Firefighters, Hospital Trauma personnel, Nurses, healthcare Workers, Social Workers, Animal Control Officers, Coroners, Indigenous Emergency Management, Victim Services Personnel, Emergency Communications Specialist, Corrections Officers, “Volunteer” First Responders, Conservation Officers, Aboriginal Emergency Services personnel, Tow Truck drivers who clean up accident scenes and their spouses/partners. This demographic was chosen due to the commonality of experiences they share through the service they provide to the country and community. We have a special interest and support volunteer first responders as they are not eligible for programs such as Workers' Compensation.