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Managing mental health videos
A new Managing Mental Health video series has been released by the Organisational Wellbeing Team offering practical information and advice to help members manage their mental health.
“We’re not always aware of the impacts our work can have on our mental health,” Chief Officer Euan Ferguson says in the videos.
“But many elements of our job can be confronting, with members often exposed to potentially traumatic and stressful incidents.
“These can heighten our risk of exposure to mental health issues, including stress, anxiety and depression.
“Addressing health concerns early means we’re better able to get on with the job of protecting our communities.”
The videos provide a practical three-step process for managing your mental health:
- Understanding your mental health risks – that is, those situations or interactions that might trigger difficult feelings or thoughts in you;
- Recognising the warning signs that your mental health may be suffering, particularly changes in your behaviour; and
- Taking action to address the situation.
CFA 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 families.
“Mental health issues aren’t a sign of weakness. They’re a common health concern and we need to treat them as we would any other condition,” Mr Ferguson said.