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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.
It isn’t every day that you’d have a paella pan – as well as a heap of beautiful seafood and other ingredients – delivered to your door. Then again, it
As a volunteer firefighter, I can be called away for short emergencies, or for five- to seven-day deployments. Suddenly, my wife – who works full-time – is left taking care of
It’s been suspected for a while that social media isn’t good for our mental health. There is growing evidence, though, that it’s not as black-and-white as that. As it turns
Illawarra first responder families – kids and adults alike – had a great evening of rock climbing last weekend. The evening started with everyone arriving at the climbing gym for
My partner had been a police officer for several years when we met. Having been through some traumatic experiences in my life, I loved that I could tell him about
I started volunteering with the RFS just before the fires hit last summer – talk about being thrown into the deep end! A friend who was already in the brigade
To mark World Mental Health Day, we held a range of wellbeing activities in various locations over the weekend. Take a look at what our first responder families got up
Excitement levels were high for 18 Victorian first responder families, who had been looking forward to their online cooking class all week. For some, it was their first online cooking
When we launched in October last year, we had no idea of the challenges we’d face in 2020 – and we can all agree that it’s been a big year.