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May 4 will mark the official launch date of York Beyond The Blue. After collaboration with the York Regional Police Service's Peer Support Unit, York Beyond The Blue was born; uniting police families from opposite ends of our country. York is a former municipality of Toronto but emancipated to become their own city, currently with a police force equivalent in size to Calgary.

The YRP Peer Support Unit realized the need and importance of educating and supporting our members families and saw gre...

March 10, 2016

 

 

Police officers face challenges that can have a direct impact on who they are as individuals. These challenges can directly impact the family that is connected to that officer.

 

We had the privilege of attending a Law Enforcement conference this fall. It was designed to support couples and teach them how to thrive as a law enforcement family. The concepts that we would like to share are to encourage and to inspire you in your journey in creating healthy family outcomes.

 

One of the speakers shared h...

February 22, 2016

I never imagined marrying a cop would be so lonely. I married my husband for who he is outside of his uniform, but if I thought about his job it brought up feelings of trust, safety, security, & belonging; all of these are qualities I was looking for in a spouse, so I thought I'd met a real winner. And I did. My husband is loving, a great husband, a wonderful father, loyal, kind, generous...I could go on!

 

But what I didn't expect was the loneliness. Before we had children, I didn't mind all the hour...

December 1, 2015

Beyond The Blue was privileged to have Dr. Samuels at our Behind the Badge conference, Thrive and Survive on November 7, 2015.

 

 

 

When Dr. Charles Samuels first got involved with sleep medicine, he was working as a young family doctor in a small town in rural Alberta.  “One night after a lengthy period of extended night shifts in the hospital emergency room and being on call 24/7, I literally drove off the road into the ditch.  I knew I was exhausted, but I was in the habit of reserving whatever ener...

October 15, 2015

It is 5:00am and I have been awake for an hour thinking of you.  Thinking of how you have been up feeding babies in the night, only to have your toddler who is potty training wet the bed again, or puke in the night, or they couldn’t find their soother. Then you spend moments agonizing if and why they still have a soother. Today my middle son will turn 10.  It has been 8 years since I have been where you are.  I must have blinked or just come out of a deep sleep deprived state, most of thos...

July 29, 2015

Here’s the deal: I am somewhat of a naive optimist. How is that still possible in 2015? I don’t know. It must be choice. I intrinsically choose to believe good will win out every time.

 

My spouse and I have been married for almost fourteen years. He has been on the job for four. This month our marriage relationship faced a COLOSSAL wake up call. It went down like this: My husband came home from his last day shift. “So I got asked out at work today,” he says with a giant grin on his face .I asked him,...

In November 2008 Kirsty was first concerned there may be something wrong when her husband, Chris, was not responding to texts and calls;  a guy who she says ''was always hooked to his cell phone''. At first the texts were intermitten asking 'how was your day?' and got increasingly more frequent the longer she went without receiving a reply and calls went unanswered. The texts turned into ''are you OK?'', ''are you sick?'', ''where are you?'' with a degree of panic only a police spouse can understa...

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