Earlier this week, guard.me was presented with a commemorative plaque in appreciation for its ongoing partnership with the Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation and Camp F.A.C.E.S. (Family and Children of Emergency Services). The organization supports the children and families of emergency services personnel following a line of duty death or suicide, and spreads awareness about mental health concerns for survivors and their children.
Last summer, Camp F.A.C.E.S held its first ever camp for surviving family members of fallen first responders. There the families were given the opportunity to experience some normalcy and develop new relationships through education, conversation, activity and creative support.
By its very nature, a career in Emergency Services is a high risk occupation that can result in death, not only in the line of duty but also by the suicide of an active or retired member. The loss of a family member is incredibly challenging to deal with, especially for children. Many children experience feelings of confusion, anger, fear, isolation and depression.