2022 Live Stream
Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb
On Saturday 10th September 2022, 600 Firefighters and other Emergency Service Personnel are stepping up to fight depression, PTSI and suicide by climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.
We are acutely aware that Mental Health is the underlying crisis of COVID-19, following 2021, in 2022 we also invite the friends and supporters of the Emergency Service Community to join us “virtually” to collectively climb a “MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH”.
3,139 Australians lose their lives to Suicide each year, so we are asking our virtual supporters to climb at least 3,139 steps in a month, commencing on 10th August 2022 and concluding on 10th September 2022… together we will make a difference…
Whether it be your back steps, some stairs at the local park or even a milk crate in the lounge room we are asking you to “step up”…..
This year, with your help, we aim to raise $600,000 for Lifeline, Fortem and the 000Foundation, to improve support services, fund research, remove stigmas and raise awareness of Mental health issues like depression, Post Traumatic Stress Injury and suicide, especially for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.. we must ask ARE THEY OK?
- In 2020, there were 3,139 deaths by suicide in Australia
- Nine Australians die everyday by suicide, that’s more than double the road toll
- Over 65,000 Australians attempt taking their own life each year.
- Suicide rates in Defence, Emergency services and protective services is elevated compared to other occupations.
- 12% of Australians experience PTSI in their life time.
- PTSI is more prevalent in occupations with higher exposures to trauma, including the defence force, emergency services and protective services.
- For each life lost to suicide, the impacts are felt by up to 135 people including the family, friends, work colleagues and first responders at time of death.
- The Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb aims to break down the stigma around mental health and be a leader in the emergency services community in the mental health space.
Our virtual stair climbers have climed
ONE MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Lifeline is a national charity, operating 40 centres across Australia, providing those experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis and suicide prevention support. Lifeline receives over 1 million contacts annually; with a phone call to 13 11 14 every 32 seconds. Australians call Lifeline to talk about thoughts of suicide, relationship worries, mental health concerns, loneliness and isolation, loss and grief, abuse and trauma among other issues. During the COVID-19 Pandemic the demand for Lifeline’s services had increased by 30%. The funds we aim to raise for them will ensure that staff and volunteers can cover the phones during peak periods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings when people feel at their most vulnerable and turn to Lifeline. We want to help Lifeline ensure that not one person has to face their darkest moments alone.
Fortem Australia is a national not-for-profit organization that was established in 2019 to provide specialized wellbeing and mental fitness support for first responders and their families. Their Programs are underpinned by “Five ways to wellbeing” which is an evidence based model with practical lifestyle habits to maintain mental fitness – Connection, Being active, mindfulness and Helping others. The funds we aim to raise for Fortem will help them support first responder families through the provision of Family Resilience activities, events and programs, creation of Mental Fitness tools, provision Clinical Support services, and Transition and Employment support services.
The 000Foundation (Triple Zero Foundation) is a brand new charity dedicated to the welfare of our Emergency Service Personnel, with a particular focus on the issues of mental health experienced by the sector. The $100,000 we aim to raise for the Foundation will enable them to introduce innovative new programs to improve the mental health of Emergency Service Personnel and our community. It will also assist in looking after the welfare of our members, particularly those adversely affected by their service.
The 000Foundation is the MFSC21 administrator and as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR), registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC), will issue all tax deductible donation receipts.
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Below are just a few of the firefighters climbing this year. Please take a minute to read why they are taking part.
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Top 2022 Fundraisers
FRV Fire Rescue Victoria$23,161
SA CFS Willunga$6,283
The MFSC would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to climbers, Climb crew volunteers, sponsors and donors of MFSC20 for the outstanding fundraising achievement of $230,343
These funds have been gratefully received by Lifeline, Black Dog Institute and 000Foundation, who have used them to change and save lives.
Since it’s inception in 2014, with your support the MFSC has now raised $2,430,610 for charity, benefitting:
- Alfred Hospital Burns Unit
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- Black Dog Institute
- Emergency Services Foundation