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R U OK? Day: supporting CFA members
Have you ever wanted to approach another member who may be going through a difficult time and felt you weren’t sure where to start? They might be acting a bit differently, seem to have a lot on their plate, or simply aren’t themselves. Don’t ignore these signs but instead take some time to start a conversation.
In recognition of R U OK? Day on Thursday 11th September 2014, CFA is presenting a series of 30 minute sessions available to all CFA members’ state wide. These sessions will be interactive, with a focus on discussing ways that we can support others, and how we can start a conversation.
In the meantime watch this video for some tips on how you can support another member.
The Organisational Wellbeing team will also be running an online forum for the week of R U OK? Day where CFA members are encouraged to ask questions on how they can support others and provide some tips around how to start a conversation. Psychologist Arthur Papagiannis will be available to answer all your questions during this time.
‘Connecting with others is a vital part of general health and wellbeing’.
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 immediate families.