The First Responder Mental Health Network Collaboration

The First Responder Mental Health Network Collaboration (FRMHNC) allows for stakeholders to address barriers currently impeding First Responder mental health, while enabling discussions regarding strategies to broaden access to care.

The long-term sustainable vision for this collaborative venture aims to: establish standardization amongst municipal, provincial and federal organizations engaged in this collaboration with dissemination and access to mental health resources, debriefing post critical incidents; recommend amendments to the current structure of the City of Ottawa’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to enhance current counseling services available to First Responders; further enhance access for First Responders in crisis by having a mental health professional on retainer,  specifically serving the tri-services; and to establish one major center servicing first responder mental health.

The ultimate establishment of a First Responder Mental Health Center will allow for the creation of a unified mental health strategy within the City of Ottawa and will subsequently create a baseline for First Responder-specific services, aimed to efficiently distribute mental health resources across the Ottawa Region.

Parity of Esteem Collaboration

This collaborative agreement brings together leadership from the University of Ottawa Brain and Mind Research Institute (uOBMRI) in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry, the Human Rights Research and Education Centre (HRREC), and the Centre for Health Law, Policy and Ethics (CHLPE), which endeavour to utilize the justice system to affect and advocate for policy and rights change in under serviced areas. The interaction between the legal and healthcare systems will help address human rights for mental healthcare in underserviced populations. We will also establish a legal framework for parity of esteem between physical and mental health.