About Wellbeing Activities

Fortem’s Wellbeing Activities are free to attend for all eligible First Responders and their families/inner circles. To view our current events, head to the activities calendar.

 Interested to come & try one of our wellbeing activities? They are a fun way for you and your family to come and get a taste of what we offer. We have a number of different types of activities all of which are are underpinned by the 5 Ways To Wellbeing: a set of practical lifestyle habits to help us be mentally fit..

  • Some are offered as a one-off such as a cooking class or zoo visit
  • Others are recurring, for example weekly walking or personal training groups

If you join an ongoing group, a commitment is recommended, however there is certainly flexibility. Select the dates you wish to attend on our activities calendar.

Due to popular demand with the one-off activities, we are prioritising three one off  activities per person. Please apply if you want to attend more and we will be in touch if spots become available.

We are currently offering in-person Activities in QLD, NSW, ACT, and VIC – and will be expanding nationally in the near future. 

The current communities we serve include; Melbourne, Gippsland, South East NSW, Canberra, Illawarra, Shoalhaven, Sydney, Newcastle, NSW Mid North Coast, Northern NSW, South East Queensland, and Brisbane.

However, our virtual activitiesmental fitness toolkit, and resource library are available to anyone, anywhere, anytime.

Our programs are here to support first responders and their families/inner circles. We know that every family is different, and that the meaning of ‘family’ comes from your own background, values, and circumstances.

Generally, we expect ‘family’ to mean the people in your inner circle – your household, or your closest support network. Let’s talk and work that out together; we want to help.

In some instances, wellbeing activities may have limited capacity, in which case we may need to limit the number of places available to each family.

Fortem’s Wellbeing Activities are underpinned by  the 5 Ways to Wellbeing: a set of practical lifestyle habits to help us be mentally fit. This evidence-based model is an effective strategy to improve mental health and wellbeing, based on substantial research. 

Fortem Australia is an official partner of The Royal Melbourne Hospital’s 5 Ways To Wellbeing.

The 5 ways to wellbeing include: 

  • Connect
  • Be Active
  • Keep learning
  • Be Present
  • Help others

Take the 5 Ways Quiz below to check in with your own wellbeing!

Take the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Quiz!

The 5 Ways to Wellbeing Quiz is a set of questions that indicates your current state of overall wellbeing. Click the link to begin the quiz.

Connect

Humans are wired for connection. These activities are a great way to strengthen bonds with your family / inner circle and broaden your social network by connecting with other first responder families. Connection is an important part of the path to mental fitness, and can play a protective role in maintaining wellbeing through increased feelings of happiness, security, belonging and self-worth.

Be Active

Being active helps to build resilience and wellbeing, and plays a major role in maintaining mental fitness. It helps us to cope with stress, increases energy and confidence, as well as improving mood and quality of sleep.

Keep Learning

The adult brain is capable of rewiring itself. Challenging our minds with new skills, approaches, and information can increase our knowledge and improve strategic thinking skills, building confidence, sense of purpose, and ability to cope with stress.

Be Present

Being in the present moment is a great way to gain perspective, increase resilience, and reduce stress. Presence of mind (‘mindfulness’) has a range of benefits in building mental fitness including greater self-awareness, increased adaptability, and the ability to better recognise how and when to seek help.

Help Others

Being kind and giving to others can make our lives feel more meaningful and fulfilling. Altruistic behaviour releases endorphins in the brain boosting happiness for ourselves as well as the people we help. Helping others increases our sense of connection and is associated with better physical and mental health.