The UFBA is commited to supporting all brigade members with access to support for psychological wellbeing.
There are a number of ways to access support and all are free to brigade members.
If you are worried about your own mental wellbeing and would like to reach out please find some freephone numbers below.
Look out for each other and remember It's ok to not be ok.
Josh Darby - Breakout Session at Conference
We will be welcoming FENZ firefighter Josh Darby to our UFBA/FRFANZ Conference in November.
Josh will be presenting on his incredible research on psychological impacts in firefighting gained through his studies. Josh has kindly shared his research available to registere dmembers in the link below.
The UFBA fully supports Josh's work around psychological wellbeing and endorses his practical suggestions for solutions.
It is through commited advocates of progress like Josh that our culture will be one of openness that we are all working towards.
Mike King's Key to Life resources
At our conference in 2018 guest keynote speaker Mike King kindly permitted us to share his resources for those suffering with depression.
You can find these available to download below.
UFBA Leading Psychological Wellbeing workshops
‘[The Leading Psychological Wellbeing] course can cut at the core of our being.
It provides some tools to better understand ourselves and our colleagues, so we can support each other when it matters.’
Marilyn Barbarich, Nuhaka VFB
Are you prepared to have the difficult conversations with your fellow brigade members? Would you know how to provide support and encourage a safe environment for those suffering to open up?
Our UFBA Leading Pschological Wellbeing workshop provides you with practical tips and tools to effectively support people in your brigade.
The learnings are just as applicable to everyday life as your role in the brigade. You don't need to be a brigade leader to provide support - many of our attendees are firefighters or operational support people who just want to be able to encourage a safe supportive environment. We encourage all firefighters to get involved. Find out more and register for upcoming workshops here.
If you are a member of a FENZ brigade you can find support here:
Fire and Emergency NZ Peer Support Specially trained professional colleagues can be contacted directly through the Fire and Emergency New Zealand Communication Centres or through the Regional Safety, Health and Wellbeing (SHW) Advisor.
Northern Comcen - 09 486 7948
Central Comcen - 04 801 0812
Southern Comcen - 03 341 0266
Confidential advice and counselling
Self-referral contact details for employee assistance programmes in your region for short-term support:
Region 1,2 and 3 Vitae Services – 0508 664 981, www.vitae.co.nz
NHQ, Region 4 & 5 EAP Services – 0800 327 669, www.eapservices.co.nz or Workplace Support on 0800 443 445 (Region 4) or 0800 333 200 (Region 5), www.workplacesupport.co.nz
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