Wellness Tools and Resources
The following wellness tools and resources provide key information about mental health and wellness for individuals and families. Resources include self-assessments, toolkits and guides, and peer support groups for First Responders and their families.
A self-assessment can help to determine how mentally fit you are and identify signs or symptoms of various mental health challenges. These assessments are not a substitute for a medical diagnosis, and are for informational purposes only.
- MoodFx: https://www.moodfx.ca
MoodFx is an interactive mobile-optimized website designed to help people with depression and anxiety by providing simple and scientifically valid methods for monitoring symptoms and functioning.
- CMHA Mental Health Meter: https://cmha.ca/mental-health-meter
This test will help you understand the characteristics that make up good mental health, including the ability to enjoy life, resilience, balance, self-actualization, and flexibility.
- CMHA Work Life Balance Quiz: https://cmha.ca/work-life-balance-quiz
Achieving work/life balance means having equilibrium among all the priorities in your life – this state of balance is different for every person. But, as difficult as work/life balance is to define, most of us know when we’re out of balance. This quiz will help you find out about your personal balance.
- Here to Help Self-Tests: https://www.heretohelp.bc.ca/screening-self-tests
Take various screening tests, including: depression, anxiety, risky drinking, well-being, and cannabis use.
- Check Your Drinking Survey: http://www.alcoholhelpcentre.net/cyd/CYDScreenerP1_0.aspx
The survey has been designed to help you, your loved ones or your health care professional answer some questions about drinking.
- Canada Life – How are you Feeling?: https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/employee-resources/what-are-you-feeling
Go through this list to check off how you are feeling right now and take this to your health professional to help them provide you with options for wellness.
- Canada Life – What’s Going On? https://www.workplacestrategiesformentalhealth.com/employee-resources/whats-going-on
Sometimes when we are struggling, it’s hard to step back and get a clear look at how we are doing. These are questions you can ask yourself to help you get a picture of what’s going on with you. You can take this sheet with you to help you talk to your doctor or therapist.
- Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Neck-Up-Check-Up: https://mooddisorders.ca/sites/mooddisorders.ca/quiz2/checkup.php
This mental health check-up can identify some symptoms of depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder so you can get help if you need it.
- Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment – Self Assessment Tools: https://ax1.cipsrt-icrtsp.ca/
A collection of anonymous online screening tools provided to help identify symptoms of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Mental Health and Wellness Apps for your Phone
The Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) created an assessment framework making it easier to find the right apps for your specific needs related to mental health and wellness: https://www.mentalhealthcommission.ca/sites/default/files/2018-01/eMH_app_eng.pdf
- Camp Maple Leaf: https://www.campmapleleaf.net/
Camp Maple Leaf is a not-for-profit, sleepover camp for children of Canadian Military Families and children living with unique challenges.
- Camp F.A.C.E.S: https://www.campfaces.org/
Camp F.A.C.E.S. provides families who have suffered this tragic loss the opportunity to be with others who have experienced similar loss.
- The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation:
The Canadian Critical Incident Stress Foundation is a recognized national charitable organization, assisting emergency personnel and communities involved in or exposed to critical incidents. As a national organization, the purpose of the CCISF is to provide a network of teams, trainers and resources that enable and enhances crisis response
- Supporting Mental Health In First Responders: A Guide For Families: https://bcfirstrespondersmentalhealth.com/resource/supporting-mental-health-in-first-responders-a-guide-for-families/
This guide helps families understand what mental health is how to identify the early signs and symptoms of those who are struggling with their mental health, and how to access resources to support their loved ones.
- Toolkit for Families: https://bcfirstrespondersmentalhealth.com/resource/a-toolkit-for-families/
A resource for families supporting children, youth, and adults with a mental or substance use disorder. Modules address what disorders are, how to support recovery, skills, and how to care for them.
- Family Self-Care and Recovery: https://bcfirstrespondersmentalhealth.com/resource/family-self-care-recovery/
A resource for families of people dealing with a mental illness. The focus is on helping families to be informed caregivers, particularly around the necessity to care for themselves and other family members, whose needs are as important as those of the ill relative.
- Ottawa First Responder Family Resiliency Support Group: twitter.com/911familyottawa
Offers confidential support to spouses, partners, and caregivers of first responders living with OSI or PTSD. Meetings are twice a month on Wednesdays at 7pm.
- BADGE OF LIFE CANADA: Virtual Peer Support Meetings During this time, Badge of Life Canada is offering virtual peer support meetings via Zoom Video Communications. Sign up for Monday evening (7:00 pm to 8:30 pm EST) or Tuesday afternoon (1:00 pm to 2:30 pm EST) sessions on the homepage of their website badgeoflifecanada.org
- Canada Life’s Workplace Strategies for Mental Health: Personal Development:
Provides resources for building resilience, interacting with others, and communicating effectively.
- Stress Management: Stress Strategies:
Stress Strategies is a problem-solving approach to help you learn helpful ways to respond to life’s stresses.
- Financial Literacy: https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/supporting-officer-safety-through-family-wellness-financial-literacy
An infographic breaking down the most important parts of financial planning for families of law enforcement including: budgeting, saving, debt management, and credit scores.
- Child Understanding Job: https://www.theiacp.org/resources/document/supporting-officer-safety-through-family-wellness-helping-your-child-understand
An infographic that helps you child understand your job including: conversation starters, suggestions of how to explain your daily duties, and answers to other questions your young child may have.
- Wings of Change Peer Support: https://www.wingsofchange.ca
Peer support group for first responders, law enforcement personnel, communications officers, military members, healthcare providers, child protection, animal, funeral, correctional, and judicial service workers.
- Safe Place to Turn: https://www.safeplacetoturn.com
An online community providing opportunities for first responders and their families to connect, learn, and support one another.