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.
First responder families from the Illawarra region came to the Jamberoo Recreation Park to hang out with their families, and connect with new friends. They also came along to let
It was an early morning start, as first responder families took on the challenge of a kayaking tour along the beautiful Towamba River. This is a region heavily affected by
Sleeping has become a real challenge for me. I don’t get into a deep sleep because I’m waiting for my husband – who’s a police officer – to come home.
Ssshh! Don’t tell the grandparents, but they’re getting a beautiful artwork for Christmas from these Gold Coast first responder families. With two opportunities to make the perfect piece through the
Today Fortem Australia launched “Moral Challenges: Vocational Wellbeing among first responders”, a collection of experiences on moral challenges in the first responder community, edited by Professor Tom Frame AM, from
The evening started with everyone arriving to the studio, in a gorgeous little coastal town in the Illawarra. Armed with an apron and safety glasses, each participant sat around the table
When someone has PTSD, most people assume that one traumatic event caused it. Even the very definition and diagnostic criteria for the disorder would indicate that this is the case.
The temperatures were soaring as first responder families arrived at the martial arts centre for their first Brazilian Jiu Jitsu lesson. With plans to continue the family-time theme for the
Fortem was pleased to offer a session of yoga designed specifically for first responders, in partnership with Frontline Yoga. The session, held online so that our first responder participants could