Fifth Annual First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference

About the Conference

Despite a societal shift toward the de-stigmatization of mental health, both our first responder communities, their families, and our general communities at large sometimes experience declining mental health, which can lead to suicide. As we seek answers following a tragedy, we’re collectively left struggling to comprehend the actions of our loved ones or respected colleagues.

Law enforcement, firefighters, paramedics, military personnel, corrections officers, 9-1-1 dispatchers, and a host of other related industries, are routinely exposed to trauma. Their families frequently experience vicarious trauma. It is during a time of crisis that response workers are at their best, but what happens to the helpers when they are done helping? What about the families? – they are the “first responders to the first responders.”

On September 19th, 2019, Legacy Place Society (, in collaboration with the Calgary Police Service, the Calgary Fire Department, Alberta Health Services-Emergency Medical Services, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Calgary Emergency Management Agency will be co-hosting the 5th annual First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference in recognition of World Suicide Prevention Day.

This conference will feature engaging speakers bringing awareness to the difficult topic of suicide while focusing on hope, resiliency and knowledge in the journey for good mental health. Please join us for a day of wellness and collaboration as we continue to support healthy resiliency strategies both at work and at home.

When the “I” is taken out of illness and replacing it with “We”, together it contributes to empowering wellness for the individual and family.

Chief of Calgary Fire Department Steve Dongworth

“The challenges around the subject of suicide and mental health can be numbing. I welcome this event and encourage attendance.”

Alberta Health Services Chief Paramedic Darren Sandbeck

“AHS EMS is working hard to address these complex issues, and we cannot do it alone. Awareness is an important key in developing stigma reduction.”

RCMP Chief Superintendent Southern Alberta District Bernadine Chapman

“Working together to strengthen our understanding and awareness of what we are doing, what we need to do and what we shouldn’t do is paramount in building resiliency in support of mental health.”

Calgary Emergency Management Agency Chief Tom Sampson

“First responders are often involved early in the troubles of others, it is essential that we are also early in helping each other.”

Conference Details

Date & Time

September 19, 2019

8:00 – 16:30


Centre Street Church Central Campus

3900 2 St NE, Calgary Alberta


For our out of town guests the following hotel rates have been secured and are based on you making and paying for the booking directly with the hotel. Booking prices on line may vary depending on your personal discount affiliations:

Wingate by Wyndham

#57 Freeport Cres NE Calgary, AB

Executive Royal Hotel

2828 23rd St NE Calgary, AB

Contact Us

If you have questions regarding the conference, please email us
or call 403-428-8448