STORIES FROM OUR FIRST RESPONDER COMMUNITY
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.
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
Fortem Australia was proud to formally launch our Black Summer Bushfire services for preventive mental fitness programs for first responder families in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven Regions on 14th December
When we experience a stressful or traumatic event, there are a range of emotions and reactions that can occur immediately and over the following weeks and months. These are natural
Before the cooking class began, chef and teacher Kelly gave an emotional welcome to the group, thanking these first responder families for everything they have done for our community. It
Family Story: ‘We’re celebrating Christmas two weeks early, so that my first responder partner gets a proper festive day’
We don’t usually celebrate Christmas on December 25th. My partner is a police officer, and it’s a really busy time at his work so it’s all hands on deck there.