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We are a non-profit registered organization.
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A service provided for the members by the members.

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A unique treatment !

IS THE HAVEN FOR YOU ?

Are you a first responders and/or do you work in a uniform capacity? Are you dealing with some mental health issues? Are you tired of running away from your thoughts?
Have you considered "inpatient" treatment? 
Do you want to receive help from and be surrounded with people that truly understand what you are going through? 
At "The Haven", we take care of our heroes. The help continues well beyond your stay. 
Contact us for more information!

 

"When you can't control what's happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond. That's where your power is.”

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The Haven Founder's Statement

THE REASON BEHIND THE NEED

Hi my name is Michelle Vincent, Founder and Lead Director of The Haven. I am a retired, 18 year York Regional Police Veteran and more importantly skilled in and extremely passionate about mental health in our First Responders and Uniform Personnel. Our objective at The Haven is to support our First Responders and Uniform Personnel in working through their addictions and/or mental health issues such as Depression, Anxiety and/or PTSD through evidence-based, medically supervised treatment and returning to their families, organizations (if they choose) and communities whole and well.

I would love to share with you, how The Haven will aspire to accomplish this long-desired goal of supporting leading-edge, occupational-specific inpatient treatment exclusively to our First Responders and Uniform Personnel. This medically supervised treatment oasis is held on 50+ tranquil acres of beautifully treed property in a rural area, surrounded by natural gifts such as a rock labyrinth, a home-like setting and peaceful gardens. It is in a setting that includes horses that you will be invited to develop a personal relationship with as you care for and receive care from in a therapeutically lead environment. The Reintegration After Critical Incident and Long-Term Leave Program which is Edmonton Police’s outstanding, evidence-based program is a large part of treatment with us at The Haven. You may have successfully completed a stay with us however we will be with you on your journey as you reintegrate into your family, organization and community with your skill set!


The Haven will be your family for your chosen period of time, all the while making it financially affordable. How do we propose to make it financially affordable you might ask? We have created a three-tiered model whereby we receive funding from the government, private/corporate sponsorships and our favourite, from organizational associations through a $10 donation every pay for unlimited use of this oasis. We aspire to greatly reduce wait times and the need for funding for the client traditionally experienced.


The Haven aspires to reduce suicide and other mental health deaths and issues amongst First Responders, Uniform Personnel and their families, as well as reduce organizational liability that is often incurred as a result of mental health issues coming out on the job. We aspire to reduce costs provincially and nationally of physical and mental health care exclusive to this population through prevention, quick access and in-depth reintegration programming that follows the client long after their stay with us.


Our greatest strength and asset is our desire to continue and develop ongoing partnerships with other outstanding, leading-edge mental health organizations/resources. This will ensure gaps in this type of care, with the occupational specificity are upheld, forever growing and supporting the reintegration of our First Responders and Uniform Personnel into their families and communities.

 

OUR MODEL, A PROVEN AND RELIABLE APPROACH

Maison La Vigile, Val-Cartier (Qc)

The initial concept of La Vigile was developed in the 1980’s by Mr. Jacques Denis Simard. Mr. Simard was a Police Officer in Quebec for many years and had noticed the mental health issues that came with this line of work. In his efforts to seek help for fellow officers, he noticed they would have to travel great distances in order to get the support they needed. He came to the realization that there was a great need for an organization dedicated solely to supporting first responders. 

Over the years, La Vigile grew and expanded based on the needs and demands for this type of support and treatment from Emergency Service workers. Prior to developing their own in-house treatment programs, La Vigile networked with various organizations that provided therapy which treated various mental health and addictions issues. It was identified that, although there were some community partners that provided rich in-house therapeutic environment for individuals with mental health and addiction issues, these programs were not specific to the organizational culture of emergency services. 

La Vigile recognized the importance of having a culture specific therapeutic experience for Emergency Service workers. There was an understanding that the therapeutic care provided to Emergency Service workers would not be effective when mixed with other populations who were not in this field of work. There were many specific needs could not be met within the general population, thus the development of their own in-house treatment center. This was one that could provide therapy (treatment) fulfilling the unique needs of Emergency Service workers. 


The trust in the care provided at La Vigile has spread throughout the various mental health care providers as well as various insurance companies and associations in Quebec, making La Vigile a recommended resource for Emergency Service workers.

 

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