Gold Coasters are being encouraged to acknowledge our city’s first responders and emergency personnel and thank them for helping to keep our community safe.
Thank a First Responder Day is happening on Wednesday 9 June, and is a chance to publicly recognise the amazing work of our first responders – including those on the frontline, as well as support staff and volunteers.
Locals are being urged to say thanks by posting a video, photo or message on social media with the hashtags #ThankaFirstResponder and #PowerOfThanks.
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Sharing a message of thanks of social media only takes a few minutes, but it can make a huge difference to the day to day wellbeing of first responders in our community.
Recent studies show that first responders such as police, paramedics, firefighters, emergency service teams have a far greater risk of psychological distress and mental health conditions than those in other professions.
Fortem psychologist Sharene Borsi said first responders are normal people who can find it difficult to cope with the challenges they face in their work.
“The act of expressing our gratitude helps to boost a first responder’s sense of being surrounded by goodness, when all too often their lens sees the opposite,” she said.
“Thank a First Responder Day is a sincere expression of gratitude not just for our own benefit, but also for the benefit for those who receive it.”
For more information on Thank a First Responder Day, visit: www.thankafirstresponder.com.