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CPKN Receives Motorola Solutions Foundation Grant for Suicide Prevention Training

CPKN has received $15,000 as part of the Motorola Solutions Foundation’s public safety grant awards. The grant will make it possible for CPKN to develop and deliver online learning about suicide prevention among first responders and will benefit all first responders across Canada.

“Suicide is an all too common tragedy in the first responder community,” says Sandy Sweet, President of CPKN. “But we believe that by providing the community with the knowledge and tools to better understand and address the issue, we can help promote mental fitness and mitigate the incidence of mental health injuries. This course will be an important step towards that goal and towards improving the lives of those who protect the health, safety, and security of all Canadians. ”

First responders, including police, paramedics, firefighters, and corrections officers, experience Acute Stress Disorder and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder at a significantly higher rate than most other occupations. These conditions can lead to a range of damaging effects including depression, relationship conflicts, alcohol abuse, and financial problems. Ultimately, they can put affected individuals at greater risk for suicidal behaviours. Developed in collaboration with subject matter experts from York Regional Police, this new course is aimed at increasing mental health fitness and literacy, decreasing the stigma of mental illness, and recognizing risk factors, signs and symptoms associated with suicide. On release, it will be offered at no cost for a six month period to all first responders across Canada.

“At a time when public safety is at the forefront of so many people’s minds in cities around the globe, we are proud to support programs that aim to improve safety and security in those communities,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “We are also proud to support organizations that honor the families of fallen first responders and improve safety education in the United States and Canada.”

The foundation gave a total of $3.95 million to 90 organizations in 2015, which will benefit 675,000 first responders and community members.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor and convener on issues that affect the safety of communities in countries worldwide, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation and engage the network of those interested in these issues.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation
The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and Foundation giving, visit our website: www.motorolasolutions.com/foundation.