We live in extraordinary times and together we face those challenges – bushfires, COVID-19, floods, storms and sometimes back again. Not to mention the day-to-day individual stresses and emergencies that come our way.
The pressures being experienced by the wider community are acutely felt by our first responders and their families. The ongoing nature of COVID-19 builds on the stresses of having worked through an extended period of drought, recent bushfires, storms and floods.
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.
Click play to drop in on the conversation Fortem team members Ian Campbell and Shaun Stevens had. Shaun shares his experiences and observations living in Victoria during COVID-19, and the challenges he saw first responders rising to and reminds us of some of the mental fitness tools we can use to get through these challenging times…
Please share this with family and friends who you think might benefit – and don’t forget to include yourself in that thinking.
Browse Fortem’s free downloadable resource guides to learn more about looking after your health and wellbeing, topics include:
- 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 offeres psychology support for eligible first responders and family members. Call 1300 33 95 94 to find out more.
The Fortem Australia team right around Australia stand with you and our first responder community.