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Black Saturday 4th anniversary

By: Michele Konheiser

Category: Health & Safety, People

  8.55 AM 3 February, 2013


Location: General

Views: 3537

In the first quarter of each year, we traditionally see an increase in demand for Welfare Services by CFA members and their families.

A new year often brings opportunities for personal reflection. A new year can be a good reminder to take stock of where you’re going and what you want for the coming year. For many people who take annual leave over Christmas, it’s the first real opportunity they have to rest and think about life without the demands of deadlines and commitments. Some might create New Year’s resolutions to refocus their priorities for the coming years and many people will utilise CFA’s Welfare Services to help with their reflection and adjustment of priorities. It’s for these reasons that demands for the services increase.

Demands for Welfare Services may also increase due to members who were involved or affected by the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009. The fourth anniversary of Black Saturday occurs this week (7th February) and CFA members may experience a range of emotions relating to the anniversary. Each person’s reactions are individual. Some people will be angry, others will be sad and some will feel nothing at all. This range of reactions is all normal responses.

You can do some really practical things for your mates in CFA and yourself, who may be affected by the anniversary of Black Saturday or generally just having a tough time with life.

In his article “Finding your new normal” Dr Rob Gordon recommends 13 tips to looking after yourself on the 4th anniversary of Black Saturday. As a CFA member you can use this advice to help those around you who may be a bit ‘wobbly’ around this time. The full article can be read by clicking on the link “Finding your new normal”.

Remember that CFA’s Welfare Services are a free and confidential service. Any member or family members can access support at any time.

-          Peer support can be accessed through the Rostered Duty Officer, Office in Charge, Line Manager, the Peer Coordinator or via the CFA Welfare line (ph 1800 628 616)

-          Chaplains can be contacted directly or by contacting Converge International                           on 1800 337 068

-          Psychologists/Counsellors can be contacted directly by contacting                                           PPC Worldwide on 1300 361 008

Last Updated: 03 February 2013