Beyond Blue recognises that some people may be at higher risk of developing a mental health condition and of suicide, because of the job they do.
The Beyond Blue First Responders Program was established in 2014 to promote the mental health of first responders and reduce their risk of suicide. The Program focuses on police, ambulance, fire and rescue, and state emergency services, and includes current and former/retired workers, volunteers and their families.
Beyond Blue is currently developing a good practice framework that will offer practical guidance to first responder organisations to create mentally healthy workforces.
We are inviting blueVoices members who work, or have worked, in one of the following four sectors to share their experiences of mental health in this industry and provide suggestions on how first responder organisations may be able to better support their employees:.
- Ambulance services
- Police force
- Fire and rescue services
- State emergency services
About your involvement
Some blueVoices members may remember us reaching out to our members with first responder experience last year when the program first began. Thank you to those who took part at that time, we hope that you will continue to share your input with us in this next stage of the program.
The First Responders Program is managed by Beyond Blue’s Workplace and Workforce team and includes a number of projects. Beyond Blue has also engaged an external consultant, FBG Group, to assist with this good practice framework project. The de-identified (anonymous) responses from this survey will be shared with two staff members from FBG Group who are working closely with the Beyond Blue Workplace and Workforce team.
Responses to this survey may also be used as quotes in future resources relating to the First Responders Program or on the Beyond Blue website. Any quotes used will be anonymous. You have the option in the survey to let us know if you do not wish your quotes to be used.
If you would like further information about Beyond Blue’s First Responders Program, or to discuss any specific issues, please contact Muireann Heussaff at Muireann.email@example.com