Critical Incident Stress Management

Mental Health For Volunteers

The BC Search and Rescue Association operates the largest all-volunteer critical incident support network in North America. We provide peer support, post-incident debriefing and resiliency resources to help our SAR volunteers deal with the stresses experienced during Search and Rescue operations.

What Is A Critical Incident?

Critical Incidents are powerful events that can potentially create a significant and strong physiological response at the time of the incident or at a later time.

Critical Incident Stress

Critical Incident Stress is a common reaction to abnormal events. SAR Volunteers are exposed to this stress as a part of their work. Learn more about critical incident stress.

Stress Management (CISM)

The Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) program delivers services to help SAR volunteers deal with critical incident stress. Learn about these tools and techniques here.

COVID-19 Impacts to the BCSARA CISM Program

Not All Wounds Are Visible

CISM News Updates


P.O. Box 2176
Sidney BC
V8L 3S6

For Emergencies, Call 911 or
1-800-663-3456 (Satelite Phone)

News Alerts

~ SARscene 2021 ~
The 1st virtual national SAR conference in #Canada

Grateful to be joining from the beautiful traditional territory of the Coast Salish in the unceded & ancestral lands of the hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ & sḵwx̱wú7mesh speaking people.

Thx to @SearchNRescueSK for hosting.

SAR members in BC are volunteers, however we train to professional standards.  We perform a vital service, often during difficult conditions & not without risks.  We can feel good about what we do!  Take today to pat yourself on the back & your teammates as well. #CISMSaturday


We’ve partnered up with #LeathermanCanada
Head on over & check it out!

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