Fourth 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 20th, 2018, 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 4th 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.

Calgary Police Chief Constable Roger Chaffin

“I strongly support the collaborative efforts with the First Responder Suicide Awareness Conference on September 20th in Calgary.”

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 Tony Hamori

“There are too many risks in not speaking to mental health or suicide awareness. I welcome the collaboration and encourage participation.”

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 20, 2018

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

price based on 2 queen beds/room $109 plus tax. Free hot breakfast included
(587) 393-0700 (mention Legacy Place Society)
#57 Freeport Cres NE Calgary, AB

Executive Royal Hotel

price based on 2 queen beds/room $119 plus tax. Buffet breakfast is additional $14
(403) 291-2003 (mention Legacy Place Society)
2828 23rd St NE Calgary, AB

Contact Us

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