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Some things aren't just "part of the job."

Most people have no idea what a First Responder goes through, though they try. Even among our own, it can be hard to talk about "work".

That’s why we started Boots On The Ground. It’s an anonymous Ontario-based helpline where First Responders can talk to someone who’s been through it. We’re not therapists. We’re here to listen. No call display. No judgment.

Whether you are a retired or serving, sworn or civilian:

We’re here to be your first call, when you’re ready.

Who We Are

We couldn't do it without you.

Boots On The Ground relies on your support to help our peers in need. Please consider donating to our organization today.

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Resources for First Responders

Resources and referrals to help support your needs.

Looking for a therapist in your area, or simply looking to see what online resources may be available to help suit your individual needs? Use our search tool to find exactly what you need.

Counselling Resources

Use our search tool to find therapy and counselling support resources in your area.

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Community Support & Online Tools

From mental health resources, to addictions counselling, to PTSD support, find the right resource to support your journey.

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Join our team of dedicated volunteers.

Are you a current or former First Responder who is passionate about helping others that have been in your place? Visit our volunteers page to view our volunteer requirements and to apply.

Become a Volunteer

If you are in crisis call 911, or go to your local hospital.
Please note that our email is staffed by volunteers, so please allow 1-2 days for a response.