Last weekend Fortem hosted seven emergency service families for a South Coast mini getaway – a perfect way to carve out some much-needed family time after the busy-ness of the bushfire and pandemic response over the last few months.
Families spent time kayaking at Mossy Point followed by a well-earned lunch on the grass together. The afternoon was the perfect chance to explore the local area and Mogo Zoo, or to simply relax before the group came together for a dinner of pizza and toasted marshmallows. While the kids bonded over friendly pillow fights, the adults had a chance to chat and connect around the fire.
“It’s been great to meet the other families and share stories, it’s nice to chat with other people who’ve had similar experiences”
Sunday saw families making the most of the winter sun with a coastal day walk along the beaches of Murramarang National Park. Scrambling over rocks, getting sandy feet and the stunning view made for a relaxing day in the outdoors.
“It’s been a great opportunity to step back from the daily worries of work, I realised overnight that I haven’t thought about work at all”
Social connection and family cohesion are important protective factors for good mental health and wellbeing. With emergency service workers encountering difficult and often traumatic situations as part of their jobs, these protective factors enhance wellbeing and build resilience in the face of adversity.
These family weekends give families time to reconnect and relax while extending their support networks.
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