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.
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
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.
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