Red (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday, a project of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Association and OSI-CAN, a joint project of the Canadian Mental Health Association (Saskatchewan Division) and the Royal Canadian Legion (Saskatchewan Command).
Red Friday and OSI-Can are proud to announce that June is Operational Stress Awareness Month across Canada.
The term Operational Stress Injury is becoming more widely adopted, as it removes the stigma of having “disorder” applied to an individual. (OSI-CAN, 2018)
Operational Stress Injury (OSI) is often used as a non-medical term that is synonymous with Post Traumatic Stress Injury (PTSI), but specific to traumatic events experienced in the line of duty, or while performing work-related tasks. (OSI-CAN, 2018)
“We will be working with Red Friday family members across the country over the coming months to raise support for Operational Stress Injury Awareness Month”, says Bob McTaggart, Chairman of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Association.
According to Julius Brown, OSI-CAN co-ordinator,” we are pleased to have the Red Friday Family, to work with in helping to improve the lives of those who bravely serve us all”.
OSI-CAN is dedicated to helping serving members and Veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, Allied Armed Forces, Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Community First Responders, which include Municipal Police Services, Emergency Medical Services, Fire Protection Services, Emergency Communications Specialist (911 operators) All Public Safety Personnel, Hospital Trauma Personnel and Corrections Officers.
About Red Friday
Red (Remember Everyone Deployed) Friday is a 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Association project, federally incorporated not-for-profit supported by Mounted Rifles Management, working with team members Lisa Miller and Karen Boire – the creators of Red Friday. www.4cmra.ca/red-friday
The updated Red Friday includes First Responders (police, fire and medical) and Military. Historically, many First Responders served in the Military (we had 62 firefighters in the 4th CMR during WW1), Today, both the Military and First Responders are deployed (either at home or overseas), first Responders and the Military set the example of courage, selflessness and civic duty while their members suffer from many of the same health issues both physical and mental injuries, such as OSI. We point out to the public that a first responder can be a veteran also that a reservist can be a first responder.