We support first responder families to proactively look after their wellbeing and mental fitness.

Who we are

Fortem Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that supports the mental fitness and wellbeing of first responder families.
Every day, more than 300,000 first responders keep our communities safe. They are backed up by their families: partners, children and parents. All of them hold vital and challenging roles.
We help them to be well, and stay well, through mental fitness and wellbeing activities and support services.


Fortem Australia connects with first responder communities to have a positive impact on their overall wellbeing.

    • We support first responder families to improve and protect their mental fitness
    • We connect families together to strengthen family bonds
    • We activate community and individual awareness and education
    • We collaborate with organisations to foster a collective effort to improve wellbeing
Fortem provides evidence-based, comprehensive and integrated wellbeing support designed to complement workplace programs.

“I have long believed that talking openly about mental health and wellbeing is vital for anyone who is a first responder, or who is close to a first responder. We all have mental wellbeing that's better at some points in our lives than at other times, we all need help sometimes, and we need to leave behind any stigma around that.” - Graham Ashton AM APM


Crisis Support

In the event of an emergency – please phone 000
If you, or someone you know, needs immediate help, please contact one of the following crisis lines:
BEYOND BLUE provides one-on-one support with trained mental health professionals at any time of the day or night: 1300 22 4636
LIFELINE provides crisis support and suicide prevention services: 13 11 14