5 Ways to Wellbeing

Our programs are underpinned by the 5 Ways To Wellbeing: a set of practical lifestyle habits to help us be mentally fit.

The 5 Ways To Wellbeing are integrated into all our activities, events and programs, so that first responder families discover the benefits of incorporating simple, sustainable lifestyle changes into their days.

This evidence-based model is an effective strategy to improve mental health and wellbeing, based on substantial research.

Fortem Australia is an official partner of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s 5 Ways To Wellbeing.


Humans are wired by connection. This is a great way to strengthen bonds with your family / inner circle, as well as to broaden your social network through connection with other first responder families. Connection is an important part of the path to mental fitness, and can take a protective role in maintaining wellbeing through increased feelings of happiness, security, belonging and self-worth.

Be Active

Being active helps to build resilience and wellbeing, and plays a major role in maintaining mental fitness. It helps us to cope with stress, increases energy and confidence, as well as improving mood and quality of sleep.

Keep Learning

The adult brain is capable of rewiring itself. Challenging our minds with new skills, approaches, and information can increase our knowledge and improve strategic thinking skills, building confidence, sense of purpose, and ability to cope with stress.

Be Present

Being in the present moment is a great way to gain perspective, increase resilience, and reduce stress. Presence of mind (‘mindfulness’) has a range of benefits in building mental fitness including greater self-awareness, increased adaptability, and the ability to better recognise how and when to seek help.

Help Others

Acts of kindness as well as self-care techniques help us to build connections with others, in addition to increasing confidence and the ability to cope with challenges and change. Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain, and boosts happiness for ourselves as well as the people we help.