Peer Support Responder

Heart2Heart-cpr

Heart2Heart-cpr

A community initiative by Heart2Heart CPR that provides FREE training and supplies to people likely to encounter opioid poisoning. Written by: Nick Rondinelli, Owner of Heart2Heart CPR.

 

Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services Inc., is proud to present a Johnston-Brais Initiative called “Peer Support Responder.” This new and FREE training program is our response to the current increase in preventable opioid-related fatalities. We recommend this training for those who are most likely to encounter, witness, or experience opioid poisoning. It may include people who use drugs and their peers.
Our goal is to save lives by providing FREE overdose response training and FREE supplies/PPE to 100 peer responders in Downtown Toronto East starting June 1, 2021. With proper training, supplies and full PPE, Peer Support Responders can bring advanced life-saving knowledge and skills directly to populations most at risk.

Each responder will receive a FREE Red Cross emergency response backpack that includes a Bag-Valve Mask with HEPA filter, hard-case pocket mask, mini-first aid kit and PPE (KN95 mask, gloves, gown, face shield, eye protection).

 

In the last Drug Alert issued by Toronto Drug Strategy (May 7th, 2021) it states:

 

“Over the last five days, Toronto Paramedic Services have attended one of the worst clusters of suspected opioid overdose-related calls involving deaths since we began monitoring this data in 2017. Preliminary data show that from May 2 to 6, 2021, paramedics attended 13 fatal suspected opioid-related overdose calls, including five fatal calls on May 6th, which is the highest daily number of fatal calls on record since we began monitoring this data.”

 

Our record-breaking opioid fatalities will continue to plague our community and marginalized populations unless we can significantly change the trajectory for people using drugs to NOT use alone. Properly trained and equipped Peer Support Responders can monitor their peers (and each other) safely. In addition, they can provide emergency response care (with full PPE and protective equipment against aerosol generating procedures).

 

This initiative is 100% sponsored by Heart to Heart First Aid CPR Services Inc through its social branch called the Johnston-Brain Initiative. It’s our way of giving back to our community that has given so much to us for 22 years.

 

We are currently accepting 100 responders for this first round of training in Downtown Toronto East. We kindly request that you share this opportunity with any organization or person who you feel will benefit from our program.

 

Visit the webpage below to watch a brief video about the program and learn about the positive results from our pilot course. You can also see our upcoming course dates and register online. Our first three courses are already sold out. This training course will fill up quickly as it is in high demand.

 

We are an essential service, and our health and safety training can run during current lockdown restrictions. We practice strict COVID-19 safety precautions during all training courses.

 

For more information, please visit www.heart2heartcpr.com/peersupport.

 

TwitterGoogle+FacebookLinkedInDiggStumbleUponBlogger PostDeliciousShare

Other News

david-morris-copy

System is Failing Seniors

Contributed by David Morris - The COVID-19 Pandemic Revealed Our System is Failing Seniors, Ontario Liberals Have a Plan to Fix It The COVID-19 pandemic has touched the lives of every Ontarian. We … [Read More...]

PSN kwt copy

Dear residents and neighbours

Contributed by Kristyn Wong-Tam - It is with great humility that I am running in the upcoming election to represent you as your NDP Toronto Centre champion at Queen’s Park! As your local City … [Read More...]

MPP Job Description

Contributed by George Smitherman, MPP representing Toronto Centre – Rosedale, Toronto Centre in the 34th, 35th and 36th Parliament (1999-2010) Position: Member of the Ontario Legislature Employer: … [Read More...]

Toronto-Centre-election

Provincial Election numbers?

Contributed by Pstreet News. The provincial election is fast upon us, and there is a great battle between the Liberals and the up and coming NDP. With Suze Morrison stepping aside for Kristyn … [Read More...]

rogco-wines

Brigaldara Soave DOC

Contributed by Isabel Wai, Brand Associate, Rogers & Company In the 2000s, Stefano Cesari and his sons, Lamberto and Antonio, initiated a profound renewal at Brigaldara. Today, the estate covers … [Read More...]

ForsythiaFestival-3

Forsythia Festival Thanks

THANK YOU The organizers of the Forsythia Festival would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors for a long overdue and great day! Financial Donors Meridian Daniel et Daniel Catering & … [Read More...]

green-thumbs

What Are We Planning for the Gardens

For the last two growing seasons we have not been able to be in the gardens with the children so we are excited to be planning in person programs for the children and after what felt like the longest … [Read More...]

Bostok-hathaway

GETTING TO KNOW YOU

Local residents and Real Estate agents Norman Hathaway and Anita Bostok of bostokhathaway.com introduce us to local Cabbagetown Shop keepers is their ongoing series "Getting to Know you". Cabbagetown … [Read More...]

tony-brady-forsythia-festival

My brother, Tony Brady

Contributed by Joanna Brady Schmida - When I was approached by Peter Lovering recently about an addendum to the article he was planning to write for the Parliament Street News, I was delighted. For … [Read More...]

PSN-mar22-01

Hello Beautiful Readers!!

Here we go again, another year of the Parliament Street News. This is our first edition of the year and it was a long winter. But, what says spring better than the Forsythia Festival. After missing … [Read More...]

MapleLicious-1

SPRING BECKONS

Winter Draws to a Close, Spring beckons, the sap is running! Contributed by The Cabbagetown BIA It’s been another long, cold winter, with the odd tease of balmy weather to come. Dire and traumatic … [Read More...]

ukraine-flag-pstreet-news

Thoughts from Kyiv 

Contributed by Professor Mychailo Wynnyckyj in Kyiv. He and his family are in hiding, writing and fighting from a safe(r) house outside Kyiv - Yesterday’s bombing of the maternity hospital in Mariupol … [Read More...]

walterhuston-cabbagetown-people

Walter Huston 1884 – 1950

Academy Award-winning Actor - Contributed by www.cabbagetownpeople.ca. Walter Huston was born in Toronto where his father was a building contractor. He attended Wellesley, Ryerson and Lansdowne … [Read More...]