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Managing your mental health
Members will be better supported to manage their mental health with a dedicated Mental Health section now available on CFA Online www.cfa.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth
It includes information on:
- common mental health issues,
- recognising when you or a colleague may be having difficulties,
- preventing a mental health issue, and
- support services available via CFA.
When we think about the health and safety risks members face out on the job, we usually think of the physical risks; the potential for injury and illness.
We don’t always think about the impacts the job can have on mental health.
However the reality is that elements of our work can be confronting, with members often exposed to potentially traumatic incidents, which in turn heightens your risk of developing mental health issues such as stress, anxiety or depression.
When you’re suffering from a mental health issue, it can affect how you think, feel and behave. If left untreated, it could turn into a more serious mental illness.
One way to avoid mental health issues is by identifying those situations or interactions that cause you to feel stressed or anxious to the point where it affects your day-to-day life.
Once you’re aware of these triggers, you’ll be better able to put in place strategies to minimise the impacts they have on your mental health.
CFA has a range of support services and resources available to help members maintain good mental health and to deal with difficulties when they arise.
They are free, confidential and available to all CFA members and their families for any mental health or relationship issue – it doesn’t have to relate to CFA.
You’ll find full details in the new Mental Health section on CFA Online www.cfa.vic.gov.au/mentalhealth
Visit today and find out how you can maintain good mental health so you can get on with the job of protecting communities.