A new strategy launched today takes powerful steps to protect and support the mental health of NSW’s front line first responders.
The Mental Health and Wellbeing Strategy for First Responder Organisations in NSW was launched today by the Premier, The Hon. Mike Baird. It comprises six objectives to guide agencies in their efforts to protect and promote the mental well-being of their members.
It is the first time in Australia’s history that first responder agencies have collaborated to develop a shared mental health and well-being strategy. The milestone achievement was made possible by the Mental Health Commission of NSW, which brought the agencies together and facilitated the strategy’s development, and the Black Dog Institute and University of New South Wales, which provided the evidence base to support the strategy direction. Black Dog Institute’s workplace mental health expert A/Prof Sam Harvey was the strategy’s lead author.
NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley said the collaboration of the five agencies—Fire and Rescue NSW, NSW Police Force, NSW Ambulance, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Rural Fire Service—demonstrated their commitment to improving mental health and well-being among their ranks.
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