Wellbeing Resources

Fortem’s wellbeing resources support first responders and their families. Browse these free downloadable resource guides to learn more about looking after your health and wellbeing. You can come back to them anytime, and you can also share them with a first responder family you know.

You can also boost your mental fitness and wellbeing by accessing Peak Fortem, our free Mental Fitness Online Toolkit with a range of techniques to assist you and your family. Presented in an an easy to understand format, with video and audio options, these are great ways to proactively work on your mental health in the way you work on your physical health.

If there is one thing that people with PTSD wish for from those around them, it is understanding. In this resource, you will learn the many ways in which you can support them.

PTSD is caused by trauma, which can affect even the toughest of first responders. This resource is designed to help you and your loved ones understand what you may be going through with PTSD.

Learn to set the strong foundations of resilience through movement. You’ll learn how physical activity can impact and help to build resilience, enabling you to bounce back and grow from challenging experiences, and how to incorporate this into your lifestyle.

Stress and burnout affect even the most resilient humans. This resource helps you to understand the warning signs, and how to support yourself or a loved one in challenging times.

This resource supports you to work out how to be in the world before, during and after a career transition – without the uniform or the first responder role.

Social connectedness helps to protect us against the effects of repeated exposure to traumatic events. We have some tools for cultivating and nurturing connections in your day-to-day.

In September 2021, Fortem Australia hosted a one-day online summit for leaders, staff, volunteers, families and communities connected to first responder and national security agencies.

In this document you will find video links to each speaker’s presentation.

Both first responders and their families can experience anxiety in some form. We have some helpful advice for dealing with uncertainty.

If you have been experiencing thoughts of suicide, this toolkit is designed to help keep you safe and find support in times of distress.

It’s well known that exercise can be used as a tool to improve wellbeing and help build mental fitness. We have advice to help you get started!

Incorporating daily exercise into your life doesn’t require specialised equipment or a gym… just use what you have, your body!

Resistance bands are an easy and affordable way to enhance and build your exercise routine as your fitness and confidence grows!

Social connection makes you feel supported and that you’re not alone. We share some tips on how to reconnect with the people around you.

It’s one of the best habits we can develop for mental fitness and wellbeing, so it’s time to try practising gratitude.

Adequate sleep is essential for good health. Here are 20 ideas for building healthy sleep habits that will enhance your wellbeing.

Support a first responder who is struggling

Families and friends, are usually the first to see the signs when a first responder is struggling. There are lots of ways you can support them through a tough time.

How (and why) to talk about suicide

It can be confronting, but talking directly about tough subjects can help make a difference to someone in your life. Here’s how.

Helping children through trauma

Whether your child has experienced a trauma, is witnessing a loved one go through a challenge, or is going through loss, here are 20 ways to help them through it.

Validate your mate

Australian first responders have faced a lot of disasters in recent times. Maybe you know someone who’s reeling from it all – here’s how to let them know you’re here to support them.

Family rituals

Rituals add meaning and safety into your life, especially when your family is going through a tough time. Learn how to create rituals that can help.

Create a self-care plan

Self-care is about how you look after yourself. When you’re a support person or you’re under stress, having a self-care plan is more important than ever.

If your partner is a first responder, they may work some night shifts. Eating alone can affect your diet, so let’s look at how you can create healthy habits.

Exercise is vital for both your physical and mental health. Learn how to use exercise to help with stress, depression, anxiety and PTSD.

Shift work can have a surprising effect on the way you eat. Eating the right foods at the right times gives you energy when you need it, so let’s look at how you can eat well.

Fortem’s Grant Program for Emergency Services Workers trauma care, including PTSD support services, is funded by the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs