An online community providing opportunities for first responders and their families to connect, learn, and support one another

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Safe Place to Turn was created to help address some of the challenges faced by first responder families in Canada. Based on the needs identified through a research project conducted at the University of Guelph, the goal of this website is to provide access to current research and available resources, as well as creating a space for first responders and their families to learn about opportunities to connect, share, and support one another.




Our research focuses on occupational health and well-being for first responders, including trauma exposure, individual coping efforts, support seeking, psychological adjustment, and the role of spousal support. This research provides insight into the barriers that limit first responders' help-seeking at home and at work, and the challenges spouses and families face when providing support.

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Based on our findings, we provide recommendations for first responder organizations to enhance current approaches to mental health and well-being. If you would like to discuss your organization's occupational health initiatives and opportunities to supplement current programming, please contact us.

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Throughout our research, spouses frequently described difficulty finding resources in their area or knowing which supports they could turn to. To help address this need, we have created a database of community-based and educational resources based on recommendations and reviews from first responders and their families. This resource page will be updated frequently with links to local, provincial, and national supports.

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