MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
FOR EMERGENCY SERVICE WORKERS & THEIR FAMILIES
There's a saying that big muscles are not built in the gym but made during recovery. Similarly, firefighter’s resilience doesn’t come from the demands of the job, but from how we look after our recovery, our downtime, our sleep quality and our self-care.
All shift workers are aware of how important sleep is to our wellbeing and how easy it is not to get enough of it. The following section provides information on how to improve sleep quality and engage in the recovery process.
ABOUT LET ME KNOW
In 2015 Station Officer Adrian ‘Newtz’ Newton won funding for a Mental Health Awareness Fundraiser as part of the MFB’s 125th anniversary celebrations. Newtz was deeply concerned about the number of firefighters choosing to take their own lives and decided to do something about it. Sadly, Newtz passed away in a motorcycle accident while vacationing in Bali just as his dream of increasing mental health awareness amongst his firefighting brothers and sisters was really gaining momentum.
Prior to his passing Newtz had loosely formed the “Let Me Know” Committee and, although deeply affected by the loss of a great mate, the committee banded together and forged ahead with the fundraiser. The beneficiary of the fundraiser was a mental health monitoring app conceptualised by LFF Jamie Baker, but made by firefighters, for firefighters. At this point the good folk at beyondblue and Phoenix Australia got on board by providing a wealth of evidence based research to pass on to LMK users.