Fortem Australia

What is Thank a First Responder Day?

Thank a First Responder Day is a day to show our gratitude and appreciation for the first responders in our community, for the work that they do to keep us safer. 

12 June 2024 is Thank a First Responder Day, when we ask you to join us in saying two simple words to our first responders: Thank you.


Your gratitude can have a big impact

Gratitude is good for us – did you know it can make us feel more connected to those around us?

Whether we’re showing our gratitude to someone else, or being thanked, the act of gratitude makes us feel closer to each other. It helps to make our relationships stronger, and it deepens connections.

This sense of connection is part of what brings happiness and a sense of wellbeing into our lives.

In fact, connectedness is an important pillar of psychological wellbeing and inclusion.

When we feel connected to others, we also feel supported. This is vital for first responders, who spend so much time helping others. It’s important that they feel backed up by their families, friends and community members.

How you can show gratitide

Showing gratitude can be as simple as saying 'thank you' to the first responders in your community. 

Other options can be to drop in treats to your local station, or registering to participate in the Fit4Duty challenge to raise funds for first responder mental health. 

About Fortem

Fortem is Australia's leading mental health and wellbeing support provider for first responders and their families. 

Prevention can be more powerful than cure. We focus on early-intervention — nurturing resilience to boost mental health and wellbeing in the face of tough conditions. That way, our first responders become bendable, not breakable.

We understand that meaningful support calls for a balance of science and heart. Which is why every service we provide brings together the latest research with the genuine care of lived experience.

And we remain independent, even while collaborating with first responder agencies and other valued partners to drive improvement across the sector. 

By staying true to those we serve, first responders can engage our services with full confidence.

Because, when we support the people who keep our communities safer, we support every Australian.


What we Deliver

Our rich ecosystem of services is tailored to each individual. Through social connections and wellbeing activities, confidential counselling and online resources, and strategic career management, we transform struggle into strength. 

Wellbeing Activities & Social Connection

Our wellbeing activities are designed to give first responders and their families an opportunity to connect with each other, and other family units who share similar experiences.

Psychology & Counselling

Our psychology and counselling services are free, confidential and independant to all first responders and their immediate families. 

Strategic Career Management 

Fortem’s Career Management Program supports first responders with Career Resilience and Career Transition. The program is tailored to individual needs. 

Online Mental Health Resources

Our online mental health resources help provide access and understanding to the experiences of first responders and their families. 

What our efforts have helped deliver so far


Wellbeing Activity Registrations


Psychology Sessions


Career Management Participants


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