The MASK, Any of us who have worked in the capacity of military/policing and first responders are quickly indoctrinated into the world of “suck it up” and other such sayings. It seems it may have been a defensive method of not showing emotion and magically those feelings would just fade away. Much like an ostrich with its head in a hole when disaster strikes. When engaged in an event the focus must be controlled and done in a thoroughly professional manner. It’s after the fact when the emotions catch up. The system of denial and self-medication are unacceptable going forward.
● Reach out to someone you trust, don’t let ego or pride get in the way.
● The journey might be difficult but the rewards are worth the risk.
● Reinventing one’s self to be better than you were is achievable.
“There are no tough guys, and nobody fights alone.” (Chris Siddons)
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.