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R U OK? Day: supporting CFA members

By: Tanya Di Michele

Category: Health & Safety

  4.16 PM 25 August, 2014


Location: General

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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.

For more information, or to book a session during R U OK? Day week contact Organisational Wellbeing on 9262 8409 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  All sessions booked will include finger food and light refreshments.

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
  • Wellbeing Pilot Program – Experienced Field Officers available to help brigades manage mental health and relationship issues - 9262 8409 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • 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: 26 August 2014