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Behind the Badge Project is not currently accepting any charitable donations, therefore we still want to give you a way to donate if you wish.

We are proud to be working closely with the organizations below to allow you to visit their site and donate through them! 

Thank you to #IVEGOTYOURBACK911, Badge of Life Canada, CAMH, and, Wounded Warriors Canada!

ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN

The #IVEGOTYOURBACK911 campaign started on October 1, 2014.

As active front line Paramedics, Jill Foster and Shaun Taylor developed the idea of a social media awareness campaign highlighting the fact that suicide by First Responders was a very REAL issue. The duo along with fellow Paramedics Denise Laing and Stephanie Romano launched an online campaign drawing attention to the increase and rise of mental health issues within the First Responder Community.

Since April 2014, at least 196 First Responders and Military service individuals across Canada have died by suicide (reported)

Through heavy and dedicated online presence the campaign gained worldwide recognition as a place for First Responders to share ideas, resources, and photos of support for one another. The campaign supports all those who have to deal with traumatic incidents in the workplace. The campaign proudly supports Paramedics, Police, Fire, Emergency Telecommunications, Nurses, Corrections and Military.

With the #IVEGOTYOURBACK911 Facebook page exploding, t-shirt sales on the rise, and a demand for the campaign hashtag and logo to be represented worldwide, the online store and charitable trust were developed. Money raised from the sale of all store items is then donated out to many different organizations across the country whose sole focus is First Responder mental health initiatives.

Jill Foster and Shaun Taylor - #IVEGOTYOURBACK911 Founders

Our Mission:

 

Badge of Life Canada is a peer-led, charitable volunteer organization committed to supporting police and corrections personnel who are dealing with psychological injuries diagnosed from service.

Mission Statement: (4 pillars)

 

a) To promote health by providing active and retired personnel in policing and correctional services who have been diagnosed with operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress, with access to counseling, information and group support programs;

b)  To advance education by undertaking funding research into the causes and effects of, and treatments for, operational stress injuries, and making the results of that research available to the public;

c)  To advance education by holding conferences and workshops, and providing educational resources, on topics related to operational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress and suicide prevention; and

d) To undertake activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of the above charitable purposes.

Our History:

 

Since our inception in 2010, Badge of Life Canada has been staffed by volunteers who “walk the talk” and has been solely self-funded on a “pay it forward” approach. Badge of Life Canada supports active/retired and sworn/civilian police and corrections personnel who have been involved with the organization by offering a safe, confidential place where members in crisis can turn for immediate information that can assist those members who are suffering an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, and addictions, with access to counseling, including suicide prevention counseling, information and group support programs.

Badge of Life Canada Founder, Peter Platt, is recognized for laying the ‘brick and mortar’ for the organization that has become the foundation of OUR legitimacy and integrity within the police and correctional services across Canada. 
 

Our Focus:

 

Our primary focus will be providing such support and information to all sworn and civilian personnel, who are either active or retired, with the following organizations across Canada:

  • First Nations Police

  • Municipal Police

  • Provincial Police

  • Corrections Personnel

However, our ability to network and collaborate with first responder personnel, military personnel, for-profit, non-profit, and charitable organizations, government agencies, staff, elected officials, academics, research institutions, and families through public access of our website resources, conferences, workshops assists with activities ancillary and incidental to the attainment of our charitable purposes for the public good.

Our Beliefs:

  • That sworn/civilian police and corrections personnel are in a challenging role and often experience unique stressors within the First Responder community

  • That active/retired – sworn/civilian police and corrections personnel professionally diagnosed with an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, should be viewed as an “HONOURABLE INJURY” and that such psychological injuries should not STIGMATIZE members with labels such as disease, illness or disorder

  • That police and corrections personnel professionally diagnosed with an operational stress injury, including post-traumatic stress, should be “presumed” to be the result of either a single traumatic event or a cumulation of traumatic incidents as a result of the members employment (presumptive legislation)

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is Canada's largest mental health teaching hospital and one of the world's leading research centers in its field. CAMH is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre.

With a dedicated staff of more than 3,000 physicians, clinicians, researchers, educators and support staff, CAMH offers outstanding clinical care to more than 34,000 patients each year. The organization conducts groundbreaking research, provides expert training to health care professionals and scientists, develops innovative health promotion and prevention strategies, and advocates on public policy issues at all levels of government. And through our Foundation, we're working to raise tens of millions of additional dollars to fund new programs and research and augment services.

Our Story

 

On September 18, 2006, a suicide bomber traveling on a bicycle detonated a bomb 30-km west of Kandahar City. This incident killed four Canadian soldiers and injured a number of others – including innocent civilians and children. Amidst this carnage, three seriously wounded Canadian Military Engineers lay wounded and dying.

 

Across Canada, notification teams were activated in the wee hours of the morning to deliver the news to the Canadian Soldiers families. One such team made its way to the family home of 20-year old Sapper Mike McTeague, a reservist deployed on his first overseas mission. His wounds were serious and life-threatening. He and the others were rushed out of Afghanistan and sent to a hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where wounded soldiers received outstanding medical care.

Back in Canada, notification arrived that Mike was in critical condition and there was a real fear that he may not survive as a result of the injuries sustained. Mike’s father was rushed to Mike’s side accompanied by Mike’s Unit Chaplain. Mike’s younger brother and the Assisting Officer joined them the next day.

The trip to Germany was an emotional one as concern for Mike and the family along with the other Canadians grew. While there, the hard work of the dedicated medical staff, and the outstanding care provided to our soldiers, was quickly apparent. That said, it was also clear to see that our troops needed a little more of Canada assist in their recovery. They had little in the way of personal items and electronics to pass the time and, as such, the idea to fill the gap quickly gained the support of all involved. From this experience, Wounded Warriors Canada was founded.

In 2006, the Fund was formally incorporated as The Sapper Mike McTeague Wounded Warrior Fund and original Incorporation and establishment of the funds charitable status was completed. The original intent of the fund was designed to support all Canadian Forces members wounded on operations and to improve the general morale and welfare of the injured soldiers and their families. Care packages were rapidly replaced by the Padre’s Comfort Fund in Landstulh, which until December 2013, directly supported the soldiers and their families during their stay in Germany.

Mike has had a miraculous recovery and regained his mobility. His stays at Sunnybrook Hospital, the esteemed St. John’s Rehab Centre in Toronto, and his ongoing therapy have all played a part in Mike’s recovery. Today, Mike is transitioning to the next phase of his life. Just as Mike has grown healthier, so too has the fund. Since its inception in September 2006, it has become the beneficiary of the nation’s empathy towards Canadian soldiers. The outpouring of support from individual Canadians and Canadian businesses has been overwhelming. Wounded Warriors Canada is a success story borne out of a horrible tragedy that continues to support those in need.

 

Today, we continue our legacy of care and compassion as the nation’s leading, wholly independent, Veteran’s charity focusing on mental health. Our innovative and wide-ranging programming, which will exceed 1.8M in 2017, is changing the lives of ill and injured Veterans, First Responders and their families. This is only made possible as a result of the compassionate trust and support of individual Canadians and Canadian businesses, enabling us to carry forward our guiding ethos: Honour the Fallen, Help the Living.

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