The New Zealand Firefighters Welfare Society (NZFFWS) has today launched a children’s book, designed to initiate whānau conversations about wellbeing.

The book has been a collaboration between the NZFFWS, Fire and Emergency, Gabrielle Couch, a clinical psychologist (who specialises in child and adolescent mental health), Roger Shave a clinical psychologist and Avril McDonald, best-selling author and founder of ‘Feel Brave’.

While the book is specifically written for children (4-10), the subtle messaging of this resource is intended to not only benefit the families of emergency service personnel, but also wider family and friends, essentially strengthening connections and building resilience within the whole community. Along with the book, the NZFFWS website now features a wellbeing hub(external link) – offering a wealth of resources and support for Fire and Emergency people and communities.

In the coming months, the NZFFWS will provide two copies of the book to every brigade, office and training centre across the organisation.  Given the COVID-19 situation, this distribution will commence as soon as practical. All personnel will then have the opportunity to order their own personal copy and details on the ordering process will be supplied at that time. 

Until you can get your hands on a copy, check out the launch video(external link) of author Avril McDonald reading the book.  This video also features Kris Kennett (NZFFWS and career and volunteer firefighter), Hon. Tracey Martin (Minister for Children, Internal Affairs and Seniors and Associate Minister of Education) and Brendan Nally (DCE People, Fire and Emergency). We hope you enjoy it.

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