Donation for First Responder Mental Health

Earlier this year, prompted by the terrible bushfires that ravaged the areas surrounding Canberra, the Espresso Room stores around Canberra ran an appeal raising a staggering $16,000 to support the mental health of those on the front line of the fire.  

This generous donation was made possible by donations from Espresso Room customers, staff donating their tips and the generosity of Espresso Room Founder Michael Rose who matched all donations.

Espresso Room donated the money to Fortem Australia, a non-profit that works to improve the health and wellbeing of first responder families.    The donation has allowed Fortem to increase the mental health and wellbeing support offered to emergency service personnel in the Canberra and surrounding areas. 

“I’m an avid supporter on mental health issues and have experienced very emotional and challenging times myself in business, I know how difficult it can be to keep going, the sleepless nights, anxiety, and endless pressure you can suffer that come from being in a troublesome life-changing event. I’m humbled by our loyal customers across all of our sites who helped us raise the $16000 as well as my staff who also donated their tips.  I was more than happy to assist where I could in matching the money raised dollar for dollar.” –  Michael Rose, Founder Espresso Room

“The donation from Espresso Room has helped Fortem assist more First Responders in Canberra and the surrounding areas.  One of our planned activities is a surfing weekend to allow first responders to spend some much-needed time reconnecting with their family after what’s been a really busy year.” – John Bale, Managing Director & Co-Founder, Fortem Australia.

Fortem focuses on wellbeing forged through connection with connection activities designed to strengthen mental and emotional health while assisting to build protective factors.   Fortem’s surfing programs promote social connectedness, family cohesion and engagement while focusing on the power of surfing to improve physical and mental health and wellbeing.