As Members are aware, the nature of our industry is one that generates inherent stress and anxiety which may result in depression or other illness.
It is often not spoken about but it is common for firefighters to experience these types of mental health trauma as a result of their service to the community.
Therefore it is vitally important that each and every one of us recognise that we are susceptible to experiencing any one of the above as a result of the nature of our industry.
Both FRV and the CFA have support services which members are encouraged to access. The contact details are as follows:
- For FRV personnel there is a dedicated counselling service with psychologists by calling 1800 161 415 . All FRV Employee Support Services are free and confidential and can be accessed by you and your families, this Support available on a 24/7 basis.
- CFA members can access Critical Incident Stress Peer Support by calling either the CFA Chaplain Service or the CFA Member Wellbeing Support Service – a 24 hour confidential and external counselling service on 1800 959 232
We encourage you to use the above services provided by the FRV and CFA. However, if you feel uncomfortable in doing so there are external support services which all can access.
The beyondblue website has comprehensive information that deals with a range of mental health awareness and the support and help that is available. It also lists the following support services that are external to the CFA and MFB and are available to all:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Suicide Call Back Services 1300 659 467
- beyondblue Support Service 1300 224 636
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact the UFU or Peter Marshall on 0419 127 004.