EHN Canada and IAFF Strike Agreement to Offer Mental Healthcare to IAFF Members in Canada

May 17 • 2022

IAFF members in Canada suffering from addiction, occupational stress, trauma and other conditions will now have access to highly-specialized treatment programs through an exclusive agreement between EHN Canada (EHN), Canada’s leading provider of private behavioural health treatment services, and the IAFF.

IAFF Canadian members seeking trauma-focused treatment will have priority access to EHN’s Military, Veteran, and First Responders (MVFR) Program, designed to meet their unique clinical and social needs. Treatment is delivered in both English and French languages, available through inpatient, outpatient and telehealth programming.

The MVFR trauma-focused program is currently available at three locations: Edgewood in Nanaimo, British Columbia; Clinique Nouveau Départ (CND) in Montreal, Quebec; and Gateway in Peterborough, Ontario. Fire fighters seeking non-trauma focused care in civilian treatment settings also have access to Sandstone in Calgary, Alberta, Ledgehill in Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, and Bellwood in Toronto, Ontario.

With proven experience treating first responders, EHN will also provide the IAFF’s 26,000 Canadian members with dedicated inquiry lines and access to in-person or telehealth intensive outpatient programs, family programs and aftercare.

It is estimated that one in five fire fighters struggles with post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI) or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) — twice the rate of the general population. Fire fighters with post-traumatic stress also often develop co-occurring clinical conditions, such as addiction, depression, anxiety and substance abuse.

Thanks to ongoing training made available by the IAFF, EHN Canada facilities will be staffed by highly experienced and specialized teams, including mental health professionals who understand the fire service culture and the complex needs of fire fighters seeking recovery from occupational trauma, addiction and co-occurring conditions.

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