Our theme for Mental Health Awareness Week is ‘looking out for each other’. A perfect example of some of our people who do this are our peer supporters.

Peer supporters are personnel from all ranks of Fire and Emergency New Zealand who volunteer their time to help their colleagues. Any of us can approach a peer supporter, who are trained to provide initial contact and support, to talk confidentially about personal or professional issues. They can offer everything from a listening ear through to one-on-one, group and telephone support and information, and helping their colleagues to understand and manage the emotional impact of critical incidents and personal stress. They can also make referrals to professionals when further assistance is needed.

Committed to being there for others, we would like to acknowledge and thank all our peer supporters. A big thank you to Alex, Anna, Danny, and Al, who took time out to do these videos telling us a bit about who they are and what their role as peer supporter involves.

Find out more about peer supporters on the Portal(external link). To find out who your peer supporters please contact: Region SHW Advisor or Welfare Officer(external link) or Human Resources Manager(external link)

 

Alexandra Gilliam, Qualified Firefighter and Peer Supporter

Anna Gordon, Senior Firefighter and Peer Supporter

Danny Carmine, Senior Station Officer, Peer Supporter

Al Thornley, Senior Firefighter, Peer Supporter

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