Looking After Those Who Look After Us
Your generosity makes our work possible. Whether you contribute financially or as an advocate for good, you can make a real and lasting difference to the lives of our emergency first responders. Emergency first responders put us before themselves every day. The Australian First Responder Foundation, through you, gives back a little bit to them – offering opportunities for developing their wellbeing.
Our vision is “A World with Responsive and Mentally Healthy First Responders”.
The AFRF is a not for profit, charitable organisation powered by volunteers and donations.
We need to look after our emergency first responders so that they can look after us . You can support our work by joining, volunteering or giving.
Donations can help us run these retreats. Your generosity makes our work possible, whether you contribute financially or as a volunteer or as an AFRF member.
LOOKING AFTER THOSE WHO LOOK AFTER US
Your generosity makes our work possible, whether you contribute financially or as a member and advocate for good, you can make a real and lasting difference in the lives of emergency first responders.
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
The FRESHER Retreats are based on, and informed by, evidence. Content has specially developed, reviewed and produced on the basis of what works in practice by experts in the field and those with lived experience. FRESHER is led and facilitated by trained Australian First Responder Foundation professional experts and people with authentic experience.
The AFRF has also published a series of highly informative and insightful interviews with professional experts in the field of peer support and mental health and wellbeing and with people with extensive lived experiences. These interviews are a valuable resource for understanding and reflecting upon the ways in which first responders may adopt practices to improve their mental health and wellbeing.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
MAKE A DONATION
Your generosity makes our work possible, whether you contribute financially or as a member and an advocate for good.
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WHO WE ARE
Emergency first responders place themselves at risk in service to our communities. They may be affected physically or mentally. The AFRF works to support the mental health and well-being of emergency first responders through peer support, education and wellbeing retreats.
JOIN OUR EFFORTS
Become a member of the AFRF – become someone who gives back to those who look after us. Or become a member of the team.
Trauma from multiple natural disasters
With so many NSW residents impacted by floods and fires each year we want to say a BIG THANK YOU to all EMERGENCY FIRST RESPONDERS who are out there helping keep us all safe. Career and volunteer emergency first responders are there 24 hours a day to keep a families and homes safe. They also help when livestock and our precious native animals are threatened. THANK YOU.
Emergency first responders in Australia
Career First Responders
Volunteer First Responders
Who are our emergency first responders?
Ambulance services (including St John Ambulance), Fire services, Police services, Lifesaver organisations, State Emergency Services, Marine Rescue services, Volunteer Rescue services and more
|1 in 2.5 emergency first responders report being diagnosed with a mental health condition|
|1 in 2 emergency first responders experience a traumatic event in the course of their work that will deeply affect them|
|1 in 3 experience high or very high psychological distress|
|1 emergency first responder will die by suicide every 4 weeks|
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF COUNTRY
We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands upon which the AFRF works and the Dharawal Nation where our office is located. We recognize the continuing connection of the Traditional Owners to the land, the waters and the community and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging.