Peer support initiatives can have a great impact on a person’s journey of recovery. The relationship forged between the peer supporter and the person with a mental health problem or illness can help improve quality of life as well as reduce the need for hospitalization. These initiatives also have the potential to connect families of people with mental health problems or illnesses, allowing them to share their understanding of the mental health system, which in turn can improve their ability to care for their loved ones and themselves. However, despite their effectiveness, peer support programs receive very little funding.
Organic use of recreational therapy
Helping our heroes get back on course.
Our program fills the gap in services between formal, psychological treatment and the real world. Over the years we have heard the same difficulties expressed by our front-line personnel, they were given tools and game-plans in their clinician’s office, but they were lost when they tried to implement those tools in the real world.
Our program works with our participants in an environment where they can safely experiment implementing a variety of resiliency tools and techniques in real-time, in response to real emotions. In the end, our participants increase their overall variability and walk away feeling confident in themselves and their abilities.
Working with amazing partners, such as Paragolf Canada, we are committed to helping our military/first responders develop a new level of indepedence, confidence and comaraderie through the power of golf.
*Note: Our program DOES NOT replace formal treatment or professional services. Instead, our programming is specifically designed to compliment these services and positively contribute to our participants’ wrap-around treatment.
mindfulness and mental toughness Training
In the military/first responder world, the topic of mindfulness is often misunderstood, or dismissed as there is still the very strong perception that acknowledging experiences, feelings, anxiety, etc is a sign of weakness. In fact, many of the participants that we have worked with in our clinics, or encountered elsewhere have shared frustration because they feel like mental health has turned into a tag line. In reality their respective organizations have not taken steps to alleviate the strain on their mental health in the work place. Having worked in and with a variety of organizations, we understand the challenges experienced on the road, as well as in the field and want to help keep our brave men and women as healthy as they can be to overcome those challenges and continue to keep us safe.
Our program offers training in basic mindfulness techniques, while also providing a variety of ways to practice those techniques, so that they can be confident in accessing them when needed. The practices and techniques taught have a variety of benefits to both the physical and mental health of our participants. Below is a short list of some of the benefits, but know that there are so many more, which in turn provides greater resiliency skills and ultimately increased retention and decreased sick leave.
Examples of how mindfulness can benefit your and your team:
- Increased emotional regulation;
- Reduced stress and anxiety;
- Cognitive improvements such as increased focus and better memory;
- Better physical health;
- Increased quality of sleep;
- and many more…
Mindfulness is not a new concept, but it is definitely an under valued one that we could all use in our day to day lives. In fact, the practice is so beneficial, that it is being used by athletes, corporations and even schools to foster a healthy, happier and more productive environment. We would not teach if it didn’t work, but the science is clear continues to support the power of such practices and we share that power in our clinics.
No Distance Is too Far
We are based in a Northern, isolated region. We know that operational stress injuries and the strain of the job occurs everywhere. Unfortunately, the communities with the some of the highest rates of traumatic events, don’t necessarily have the proper resources. Too often residents are forced to go to major centers where they are given a variety of resources, but those resources are not accessible where they live. Our program sets our participants up for success by going to them and connecting them with the knowledge, tools and outreaches available where they live.