Mental Health


Victoria’s first responders – police officers, paramedics, firefighters, SES and life savers – respond to around 7000 calls every day made to 000. Our 100,000 emergency service men and women must see and do things that are often hard to cope with emotionally – situations such as road trauma, bush and house fires, workplace accidents and suicides. This work can take a toll and the Beyond Blue Answering the Call research reveals “a workforce that is deeply impacted, both by the nature of the work they do and the pressures of the environments in which they work. These results compel action. They require a dedicated and collective effort to ensure that  we strengthen our approach to protecting those who protect us – to make a real difference in people’s lives.’’

The Emergency Services Foundation works to connect the sector so best practice evidence based initiatives can be applied to ensure our people and our workplaces are mentally healthy.

ESF received funding to Chair a WorkWell Learning Network for the Victorian Emergency Services sector

The Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) is thrilled to have received funding by WorkSafe to Chair a WorkWell Learning Network for the Victorian emergency services sector. As Learning Network Chair ESF will bring workplaces and experts together to share ideas and knowledge to collaboratively design and implement workplaces initiatives that create long term, sustainable and organisational-wide change for safe and mentally healthy work environments.

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Improving Mental Health Support for Emergency Workers

The Andrews Labor Government is delivering on its key election commitment to support emergency workers through early intervention by providing them access to urgent mental health treatment as soon as they identify a problem.

Mental Health Early Intervention Pilot – Media Release