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.
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.
It was when we returned home that the tears began. “You should have told me we were leaving because of a fire,” she said. “I didn’t get a chance to take
There’s nothing small about small talk. It’s what starts conversations, and many great friendships and relationships have started with a chat about the weather. In this two-part virtual workshop, a
Keeping a diary isn’t all words on a page – but whatever form it takes, recording our days is more popular than ever this year. Experts at RMIT University say there’s been