We live in extraordinary times and together we face those challenges. The Victorian community is feeling that weight at the moment.
In the last 12 to 18 months that feeling of stress we all feel is likely to have changed and feels different – especially now as the COVID-19 pandemic takes another turn and tests us again.
The current stress being experienced by the wider community is acutely felt by our first responders and their families. They see it in the people they are called to help, and they feel it in themselves.
The ongoing nature of COVID-19 builds on the stresses of having worked through an extended period of drought, recent bushfires and floods. Not to forget day to day emergencies.
Although known for resilience, first responders are at risk of suffering mental health issues because of the pandemic, both now and in the longer term, due to the range of challenges it presents.
Early research suggests high levels of depression, anxiety, insomnia and psychological distress among frontline healthcare workers, indicating the need for workers and their organisations to make their health a priority – now.
Fortem Australia offers a range of free, easy to use, practical online resources designed to help first responders and their families build mental fitness, however they are tools that the wider community would also benefit from at this time.
Please share this with family and friends who you think might benefit – and don’t forget to include yourself in that thinking.
Browse these free downloadable resource guides to learn more about looking after your health and wellbeing:
- Helping kids through trauma
- Family rituals
- Create a self-care plan
- Building healthy sleep habits
Explore the full Resource Library HERE.
The Peak Fortem page also offers a range practical exercises designed to give a sense of control, as well as motivate, boost and balance.
Fortem Australia also offered psychology support for eligible first responders and family members. Call 1300 33 95 94 to find out more.
On Wednesday (June 9) night, in the midst of lockdown we are creating space and time that brings people together to share good times. Fortem Australia is inviting first responder families in Victoria to an evening of virtual comedy and entertainment! Register now to be part of our online audience and for night with Ben Price – one of Australia’s best impersonators. This FREE night of fun, witty and interactive family entertainment also marks Thank a First Responder Day.
Sign up now right HERE. You will receive an email with a link and password to be able to join us.
Why? Because we want to say ‘thank you’ to all our Victorian first responders and their families.
The Fortem Australia team in Victoria and right around Australia stand with you and our first responder community.
Thank a First Responder Day is an initiative of not-for-profit agency Fortem Australia and first responder agencies across Australia.