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PAO charity golf tournament raises $15,000 for police mental health support

June 24, 2024  By Police Association of Ontario

June 24, 2024, Brampton, Ont. – Members and supporters of the Police Association of Ontario (PAO) raised $15,000 as part of a lighthearted round of golf to support important organizations providing vital mental health support to police service personnel across the province. Held a few days before PTSD Awareness Day, the golf tournament is another initiative by the association to confront the stigma surrounding mental health and to ensure mental health supports and services are accessible to police personnel.

“The Police Association of Ontario’s Third Annual Golf Tournament is an opportunity to get together, play some golf and address the important topic of mental health with our members and the greater public,” said Mark Baxter, President of the Police Association of Ontario. “The unique challenges and demands our members face on the job while protecting our communities can severely impact their mental health. And together, we stand united in our commitment to support the mental health and well-being of police personnel.”

This year, the golf tournament, attended by police association members, politicians and stakeholders, was again held at Lionhead Golf Club and Conference Centre in Brampton and supported Wounded Warriors Canada and Boots on the Ground. The PAO partners with these organizations to provide vital mental health support to their members and first responders in Ontario.

“As we gather, days before PTSD Awareness Day, we recognize that our police personnel are particularly at risk. For too long, the stigma surrounding mental health has prevented members from seeking the help they need,” added Baxter. “But thanks to the tireless efforts of many who have shared their struggles, we’re starting to break down these barriers. We still have a long way to go, but each step we take brings us closer to a future where mental health is given the same priority as physical health.”

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