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Halton Regional Police Service launches Backup Buddy mobile app


February 12, 2020
By Staff

The Halton Regional Police Service says it “whole-heartedly believes that when it comes to mental health, every action counts.”

On Bell Let’s Talk Day last month, the Halton Regional Police Service launched the Backup Buddy mobile app, which provides access to mental wellness resources, anytime, anywhere, to every one of our members, active and retired, and their family members too. This resource is a first of its kind tailored specifically for police services in Canada.

“The goal of the Backup Buddy is to reassure those in the Halton Regional Police Service Family that they are not alone, that help is always available, and asking for it is a good thing,” says Deputy Chief Jeff Hill. “With the help of Backup Buddy, we aim to remove the stigma surrounding mental health, provide support and resources to anyone seeking them, and to reinforce our Sservice’s dedication to supporting members facing mental health challenges.”

The ‘BB HRPS’ app is live and available for download to Apple and Android devices. The mental health resource has been installed on all service-issued mobile devices and members are also encouraged to download the app to their personal devices and those of their loved ones.

The Backup Buddy App project, led by the service’s Organizational Wellness Unit, is another way to provide private and confidential support to all its members and their families, the service says. “The development of this app is one of many ways the Halton Regional Police Service is striving to create a work culture where all its members and their family members, feel safe, secure and supported.”