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District 15 BMT training
On 17 November, 40 District 15 captains, secretaries and lieutenants from over 20 different brigades participated in a Brigade Management Team workshop called: “Managing Mental Health for Brigade Leaders”, facilitated by Wellbeing Pilot Field Officer Kim Freeman.
This two-hour workshop focused on stress management, understanding mental health, having a conversation about mental health, duty of care legal responsibilities and looking after yourself and others.
During the workshop, District 15 peer coordinator, Marie Bedgood, promoted the value of the peer program and the assistance available to members.
Peter Bullen, Captain D15 HQ Brigade, said: “It was great to have the opportunity to participate in this training session. Brigades are made up of various members from all walks of life; their circumstances and life experiences differ. Mental health is a subject that is not often discussed at a brigade level and is not well understood. I now feel more confident and enabled to have properly constructed conversations with brigade members around mental health”.
District 15 Volunteerism Coordinator Sherene Mounier indicated that District 15 has scheduled regular BMT workshops to help brigade leaders perform effectively and develop their skill in managing their brigades and members.
“CFA has developed fantastic tools to assist brigade leaders and individuals, all of which are available on the CFA website. The Wellbeing Pilot team is available to deliver this training to brigades,” said Sherene.