Our Bateman’s Bay based RAMHP Coordinator, Berkeley has been working with Malua Bay Rural Fire Service (RFS) on a fitness project.
The project engages volunteer members of the brigade in weekly group fitness training, along with the opportunity to attend free RAMHP Support Skills training.
Aimed at developing knowledge and skills relevant to their volunteer roles, it increases the members’ physical and mental fitness, supporting not only the their own mental health, but equips them to also support their peers.
The project applies the Beyond Blue “5 Ways to Wellbeing” concept;
- Connect – group exercise as a mechanism to promote feelings of social connectedness.
- Be active – the relationship between physical and mental health is well-established.
- Keep Learning – mental and physical health support skills.
- Be Aware – improved mental health literacy and social connections increase the opportunity for “mates supporting mates” and a culture where it is ok to ask for help.
- Help Others – assist colleagues and friends in achieving mental and physical health goals
A word from Berkeley:
“The project has been great so far. The participant’s physical and mental health have improved with the added benefit to the RFS that they’re in better shape to withstand the arduous duty on the fireground.”
“Malua Bay RFS Brigade has also undertaken RAMHP Support Skills Training, which has really helped put some of that theory into practice and we’re seeing the benefits.”
One member said:
“I’m fitter and have a much better frame of mind. It’s a great way to start the day – catching up with colleagues and doing some exercise. It’s so much easier to start and maintain a fitness program when you’re doing it with friends and colleagues.”