Kingston Police announced today have partnered with one of the nation’s largest charities providing mental health programs to veterans, first responders, and their families.
At a press conference held at Kingston Police Headquarters, the local police proudly announced the signing of a partnership agreement with Wounded Warriors Canada (WWC). This agreement will allow Kingston Police to share resources and identify or refer their members in need of mental health support to the programs offered by WWC.
“WWC programming uses clinical best practices and evidence-based care to create an environment of compassion, resiliency, and hope,” said Kingston Police Chief Antje McNeely. “Through this agreement we will be able to refer members in need of support to WWC programs, which will complement and augment the suite of services we currently have.”
Due to the nature of their work, first responders often face situations that test both their physical and mental health, as well as their safety. According to Kingston Police, WWC’s approach to mental health combines clinical best practices and evidence-informed care to create an “an environment of compassion, hope, and resiliency for praticipants.”
“This partnership recognizes that no single organization can do it all when it comes to mental health support,” said Scott Maxwell, Executive Director of Wounded Warriors Canada. “When a First Responder is struggling, what matters is that the member and their family knows that we are in this together – working to ensure they receive the help they so rightly deserve. We look forward to working with Kingston Police in the months and years ahead.”