A brand-new initiative to provide Australians with a way to recognise and thank the nation’s emergency services workers and volunteers.
Find my Hero Australia, has been developed by Emergency Services Health, to support the mental health and wellbeing of emergency services workers and volunteers who put their own safety, health and even their lives on the line to protect our people and communities.
By enlisting help from local communities to identify and locate our brave men and women, messages of thanks will find their way to those individuals to make a positive impact on their mental health and wellbeing.
Peter Shanahan, Chairman of Emergency Services Health, says "giving and receiving thanks has positive impacts for both people who have been rescued or helped, and emergency responders.
“There is a significant amount of research which shows that being thanked makes people feel valued and aids their future performance of selfless acts [i]. “Research has also linked gratitude to better health and wellbeing. It can reduce depression, aid sleep, improve self-esteem and mental strength, and increase our ability to cope with adversity [ii].
Emergency responders are there at our most desperate times, but it’s often not possible for the people they serve to share their appreciation and thanks in these situations where time and urgency is vital.
“Closure can be crucial to ongoing performance, wellbeing and happiness for emergency responders,” explains Mr Shanahan, “but it’s not always possible to know the outcome of accidents and emergency situations.”
“By rallying with communities around Australia to uncover peoples’ stories of recognition and thanks to help get their message to their hero, we believe we can help to bring more closure on everyday situations and contribute to the wellbeing of our emergency responders.”
Significant emergency and crisis situations, such as major floods and fires, have also shown how giving thanks can be healing for communities.
“Expressing thanks and gratitude offers emotional engagement, whether it’s sharing a thank you message via social media, putting a sign on a road or writing a letter,” says Mr Shanahan.
Find my Hero Australia will provide a platform online for people from around the country to share their message of thanks, ask the community for help and get the message to the right person or unit.
First responders from different disciplines often rely on each other for support during emergency situations, and this initiative will also provide the platform for workers and volunteers to share their thanks with a colleague or peer.
Emergency services workers and volunteers are firefighters, paramedics, nurses and medical response units, state emergency units, surf lifesavers, flying doctors, and triple-0 operators to name a few. They face dangerous situations, horrific accidents, and are relied upon as people’s last line in impossible situations.
To find a hero, or help someone else find theirs, visit facebook.com/FindmyHeroAU
SPREAD THE WORD AND GET INVOLVED!
If you have a story to tell about being helped by an emergency services hero:
Post it on Facebook and remember to use the hashtag #FindmyHeroAU. Give as much detail as you can, add a picture if you have one and don’t forget to make sure your post is set to ‘public’ not private so others can see it.
If you want to ensure a message of thanks get to the right person or group:
Visit our facebook page facebook.com/FindmyheroAU and share posts that include #FindmyHeroAU or tag relevant people or pages in those posts to help spread the message to your network.
If you have a general message of thanks you’d like to send out to Australia’s emergency services community:
post it on your social media channel using #FindmyHeroAU
If you work in emergency services:
We’d love to hear what it means to you to be thanked for the tireless work you do and how important it is to find out how someone you helped has recovered from a particular incident or crisis. Share your thoughts on social media using #FindmyHeroAU or get in contact directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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