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Supporting the mental health and wellbeing of volunteers and staff members at maritime SAR organisations is vital. SAR personnel often put themselves in harm’s way, which can often impact their physical and mental wellbeing. The IMRF’s #SARyouOK? initiative is looking to increase awareness and further break down the stigma that is attached to mental health and wellbeing issues faced by those working in the maritime SAR sector.

As part of the initiative, Alex Barrell, Commissioner and CEO of Marine Rescue NSW will be chairing an online workshop with speakers from Australia and New Zealand joining him who will all be sharing their perspectives and what their organisations are doing on this topic. 

Joining the webinar will be Ari Peach from Surf Life Saving New Zealand. Ari is responsible for the strategy and delivery of wellbeing support for Surf Life Saving New Zealand. Ari has a Masters in Paramedic Mental Health and is a lecturer of Applied Mental Health and Wellbeing at AUT University in Auckland. He will be discussing the development of a peer support program to support Surf Lifeguards in New Zealand and showcase key learnings for other SAR organisations on how peer support can be used.

Find out more about the IMRF's #SARyouOK? initiative: