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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, support services and wellbeing activities. These are their stories.
Having the support of your family is an important part of your health and wellbeing. Good family relationships make us feel safe, loved and supported, and help us feel that
I’m a retired police officer, and I run art classes for first responders and military personnel. The story of how I came to do this probably isn’t what you think.
I’m the partner of a first responder, and I talk openly about the fact that it can be hard. I like to share the good bits too, but it’s the
Our first activity for West Gippsland today was a cross between a bushwalk and scavenger hunt. Due to our small number, each family member decided to be their own team
First responder families came together to learn the art of basket weaving, which is a relaxing, mindful hobby that opened up new connections. Basket weaving is a very old craft
This two-hour trail ride was loved by adults and children from the Illawarra first responder community. Suited to all abilities, the tour leaders guided participants through the vast bush land
Today we walked about 9.5km from the National Arboretum Canberra to Mount Stromlo. A slightly smaller group this time as people had started travelling for Christmas, but this meant we
Recently a group of first responder families from the Northern NSW region had the chance to learn Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with Flow Martial Arts. Just like the last time the
We have two family members in the police force. One is a detective, who’s often on call over Christmas, and getting him to relax is hard. We don’t know what’s