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Gateway Recovery Centre celebrates one year of helping first responders

September 8, 2022  By Blue Line Staff

Sept. 8, 2022, Toronto, Ont. – With its 1-year anniversary having passed on July 16th, Gateway Recovery Centre is looking forward to launching additional mental health support, including a mood and anxiety program, for the military, veterans and first responders (MVFR) community.

Statistics show that over 30 per cent of the MVFR community in Ontario are seeking mental health treatment and that 330 first responders are on the waitlist for 40 mental health beds currently available at public healthcare facilities in the province. In July of 2021, EHN Canada officially opened its Gateway Recovery Centre in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada’s first residential treatment facility created exclusively for MVFR, including medical professionals, paramedics, border officers, police and firefighters. With unique mental health and addiction challenges plus stigma within these communities that may prevent them from seeking treatment, a facility like Gateway Recovery Centre is essential. Its mission and design are to respond specifically to the mental health disorders and addiction needs of MVFR.

Gateway Recovery Centre is constantly upgrading its program offerings to provide patients with the most up-to-date, medically accurate and holistic treatments (including yoga, cognitive behavioral therapy and rehabilitation goals) in a healthy, collaborative, and responsive environment.

Gateway’s team of specialized treatment providers can quickly address the unique mental health care needs of MVFR who would otherwise be facing one to two year wait lists for placement in publicly funded facilities. These prolonged wait times prevent needed early interventions to stem the effects of PTSD, anxiety, depression and addiction and delays their return to work.


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