Build your mental fitness.
Take part in the SOLAR FRNSW trial.


Are you a current or retired Fire and Rescue NSW firefighter?

Firefighting is both mentally and physically demanding.

To do the job well and get the most out of life, you need to take care of your mental health and wellbeing.

We’re conducting the SOLAR FRNSW trial to find out if using a smartphone app designed specifically for first responders can help firefighters improve their mood and wellbeing and feel more in control of their reactions to distressing situations.

What will the SOLAR FRNSW trial involve?


SOLAR FRNSW is an online trial. You can participate from anywhere in Australia.

If you are eligible, you will be asked to complete an online survey about how you’ve been feeling recently. This takes about 20 minutes.

Once this is completed you will be given access to the SOLAR FRNSW app, which you will download to your personal smartphone. Once downloaded, you will be randomly allocated to receive one of two different versions of the app designed to help you manage strong emotions and reduce distress. You will be provided with instructions on what to do within the SOLAR FRNSW app.

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The app will prompt you to book in a telephone session with a Phoenix Australia SOLAR FRNSW facilitator. The facilitator can help you with downloading and navigating the SOLAR FRNSW app, answer any questions you may have, and support you with working your way through the app. It is not compulsory to speak with a facilitator, but it is something that we encourage.

After five weeks of using the app, you’ll be prompted to complete another brief, online questionnaire. Three months later, you’ll again be asked to complete a questionnaire.

Any information that you provide in the study will be kept confidential.


What are the benefits?

The SOLAR FRNSW app is designed to give firefighters the tools you need to get on top of stress and to feel more in control after a challenging or distressing event.

By taking part in this trial, you’ll also be helping us understand the best ways of supporting professionals in emergency service organisations to look after their wellbeing.

Who is conducting the SOLAR FRNSW trial?

The SOLAR FRNSW trial is being conducted by Phoenix Australia – Centre for Posttraumatic Mental Health, in collaboration with Black Dog Institute, Fire and Rescue NSW and University of New South Wales. The iCare NSW is funding this trial. The Principal Investigator is Professor Meaghan O’Donnell.

  • Black Dog Institute
  • Fire and Rescue NSW
  • UNSW
  • SCHF