Adult Family & Friends of OSI-CAN Support Groups
OSI-CAN provides peer groups that aid in the recovery and resiliency of the family as a whole. At times, adult family and friends of those affected by Occupational Stress Injuries (OSI's) and Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI) often may be seeking or require connections and resources of their own.
OSI/PTSI can occur when a person directly experiences or witnesses a traumatic event. This can also happen with repeated exposure to traumatic events and details as with OSI’s target group; military, first responders, 911 dispatchers and corrections staff.
Being the caregiver or support for someone with OSI sometimes means facing battles of your own. Feelings of isolation, lack of support or understanding are common traits often shared among family members. We offer support, understanding, hope, knowledge, strength and encouragement.
Understanding the symptoms and language of mental-wellbeing can help you to understand what your loved one with an OSI is experiencing. Better mental-health literacy and education might also assist the family in accepting their journey through the healing process.
Those who are in a care/ support position within the family can be especially affected. This vicarious trauma can become a real and complicating factor for individuals in this situation.
Family & Friends Peer Groups
Groups may require pre-registration to ensure availability and the confidentiality of participants.
To register simply contact the group lead nearest you.
Edmonton (Coming January 2021).
Collette Benoit, Support Group Leader
3rd Monday of each month @18:30hrs.
Heather Wagner, Support Group Leader