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.

Crafting Through Lockdown

As lockdown extended throughout Victoria, families looked for ways to use this time to connect through doing positive activities together. We sent out a series of art and craft kits

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Suicide awareness: Why we need to talk about it

It has been the most taboo subject of them all, long considered something too serious, too dangerous, and too wrong, to talk about.   But that’s changing.  Now, we’re being urged by campaigns like World Suicide Prevention Day, to see suicide

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How to talk to kids about the news

As parents, we want to protect our kids from anything that might cause them worry. However, for kids living through a pandemic, or who have a first responder parent, this ideal isn’t always possible.   The next

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Batemans Bay Family Weekend

Last weekend Fortem hosted seven emergency service families for a South Coast mini getaway – a perfect way to carve out some much-needed family time after the busy-ness of the

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