What is Safe Hands?
Safe Hands is an initiative of Voice of Health and is a peer support service that provides online support specifically to all the incredible Emergency Service, Defence and Volunteer Personnel and families that provide for others in times of crisis.
We are developing a unique online mobile peer support service that allows these individuals, their families and friends to reach out and speak to others who have had a similar lived experience.
The trauma and stress experienced by these personnel can last a lifetime and we are privileged to support them on their journey. We are remembering that these service men and women put their lives and wellbeing on the line for the sake of our communities.
With your continued support we aim to expand and provide a service to other affected personnel and individuals in communities and be the safe hands they need.
Safe Hands will provide mental health support, rebuild and improve the wellbeing of those who have so courageously volunteered and donated their time.
Users will have
Talk 24/7 with other individuals with similar lived experience who will be there to listen, support and learn from.
Belong to a community where you can give and receive support from people who understand you.
We respect and value your privacy and so we provide you with the option to remain anonymous while you build up your confidence.
Discover useful tools and resources that are personalised to assist you to self manage your mental health.
1 in 3 volunteers said they had been diagnosed with a mental health condition, compared to one in five of the general population.
Emergency Service Careers
55% of the Ambulance workforce experience anxiety of some kind, while 40% have severe anxiety and about 17% report extremely severe depression.
In Victoria alone, the average annual suicide rate for paramedics is 35.6 per 100,000 workers, more than three and a half times higher than police, firefighters, and other emergency workers.
17.1% of Firefighters meet the criteria for anxiety, affective or alcohol disorder (in the past 12 months).
39% of Police employees reported having been diagnosed with a mental health condition by a mental health professional at some point
One quarter of Transitioned ADF members were estimated to have met criteria for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in their lifetime (24.9%).
Anxiety disorders were the most common type of 12-month mental disorder among the Transitioned ADF with over one in three (37.0%) experiencing an anxiety disorder in the last 12 months.
Just over 20 per cent of Transitioned ADF experienced suicidal ideation, plans or attempts in the last 12 months.
Almost three times more Transitioned ADF reported high to very high psychological distress (33.1%) compared to the Australian Community (12.8%).
You deserve access to support regardless of where you are, what you are doing, your abilities or culture.
We securely store all user to Active Listener communication and adhere to professional and ethical codes regarding confidentiality.
In your busy life you don't always have the time to go and sit down with someone to talk, so we bring them to you instead.
Social platforms these days contribute to the unhealthy stigmas in society. We have removed those in our community.
Too many services will make you pay lots of money before you know if they are worth it, so we made it transparent and affordable.
Receive support the way you want to. We provide you with the option to choose what best meets your needs.