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Corio A shift go mental

By: Elisha Buffone

Category: Health & Safety

  2.19 PM 11 August, 2014


Location: District 7 News

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Not many people want to talk about mental health. For some reason if we talk about it, it’s like there's something wrong with us.

But the guys from Corio A shift, who are well known for their work and efforts in community and youth engagement, rolled up their sleeves and took on the new CFA Wellbeing Team’s Tower of Mental Health - an interactive game that exposes the risks, protective factors and actions towards positive mental health and what we can do to make ourselves and our communities more resilient.

They navigated their way, only slightly competitively, through what factors affect a firefighter’s and an individual’s mental health while learning the difference between mental health and mental illness.

Geoff Brown stated the program “outlined the support mechanisms that are available to all CFA personnel for a range of different challenges we face on a daily basis, with a definite emphasis on our mental wellbeing. Our team found the whole process extremely interesting, relevant and informative. The instructional process was fun and engaging.”

With one in five Australians experiencing a mental health issue in their lifetime, it's also worth noting that every single person will tackle challenges with their mental health at any point in time; and that’s without the added stressors CFA members face.

So with the fire season fast approaching, now's the time to take action to prepare your teams by educating them about mental health. Contact CFA’s Wellbeing Team on: 9262 8409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book a session. 

CFA also has a range of support services and resources available to help members manage their mental health and deal with difficulties when they arise, including:

  • Peer Support Program -
    trained members offering support & guidance – contact your local Peer Coordinator
  • Member Assistance
    Program – a 24-hour counselling service – 1300 795 711
  • Chaplaincy Program –
    offering 24-hour pastoral care – 1800 337 068
  • HeadsUP online toolkit - information and advice on managing mental health and relationship issues – www.cfa.vic.gov.au/headsup

The services are confidential, free of charge and available to all CFA members and their immediate families.

Last Updated: 12 August 2014