FAME in the News

Mental Health First Aid course at FAME helps take the stigma out of suffering. The Etobicoke Guardian, August 2014
Etobicoke Guardian Aug 2014

Photo: THE ETOBICOKE GUARDIAN/Ian Kelso

The Etobicoke Guardian newspaper recently interviewed FAME Board Member Cindy Krysac, and FAME Executive Director, Christine Cooper to talk about the Mental Health First Aid Course being offered. Read the full article here.


Police Encounters with People in Crisis

Independent Review Conducted by The Honourable Frank Iacobucci for Chief of Police William Blair, TPS. July 2014
TPS Report July 2014
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Former Supreme Court of Canada Justice Frank Iacobucci has completed his independent report on lethal “Police Encounters with People in Crisis” for the Toronto Police Services (TPS). FAME contributed the family perspective to the independent review, and we are proud to announce that all of FAME’s recommendations were addressed in full or in part in the report.

FAME’s recommendations:
• That the TPS review the reports & standards from the Mental Health Commission of Canada;
• That the TPS adopt Canada’s new standard for workplace behaviour “Psychological Health & Safety in the Workplace”;
• That TPS officers take training for Mental Health First Aid Canada;
• That TPS officers using Conducted Energy Weapons are required to obtain mental health & de escalation training;
• That TPS recruits are screened for psychological traits such as low empathy;
• That the TPS implement broader use of crisis intervention teams.

Further Reading
View a condensed list of the final 84 recommendations.

The full TPS report can be downloaded here.

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