Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb
On Saturday 7th September 2019, 600 Firefighters will “step up to fight depression, PTSI and suicide” by climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus.
This year, with your help, we aim to raise $700,000 for the Emergency Services Foundation, Lifeline and the Black Dog Institute 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..
- 3 million Australians are living with depression and anxiety
- 1 in 4 Australians will suffer from a mental illness in their lifetime
- Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44
- 3,000 Australians die by suicide every year, an average of eight people every day.
- 10% of our Emergency Services Members suffer from PTSI
- In 2015 alone, 41 members of the Australian Defence Force died by their own hand on home soil, which is more than we lost on the battlefield during 14 years of war in Afghanistan
- Between 2001 and 2016, 373 members of the ADF took their own lives
The Emergency Services Foundation (ESF) is a charity that has operated for over 30 years dedicated to the welfare of Victoria’s Emergency Service staff and volunteers. The ESF’s work is now focused on the issues of mental health and wellbeing within our Emergency Services. The $200,000 we aim to raise for the ESF will enable them to introduce innovative new programs to improve understanding and reduce the stigma of mental health, so that personnel in the Emergency Services recognise the signs, act early to seek help and have the best chance of recovery.
The Emergency Services Foundation is the MFSC19 administrative partner and all donation receipts will be issued by the ESF.
Lifeline is a national charity, operating 41 centres across Australia, providing those experiencing a personal crisis with access to 24 hour crisis and suicide prevention support. Lifeline receives over 1 million calls annually; almost 2 a minute, that can include thoughts of suicide, relationship worries, mental health concerns, loneliness and isolation, loss and grief, abuse and trauma among other issues. The $200,000 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. No call should go unanswered.
Black Dog Institute is dedicated to understanding, preventing and treating mental illness, by combining clinical services with cutting-edge research, health professional training and community education. Its work focuses on youth, Indigenous communities, men and high-risk workforces like the Emergency Services. Primary areas of research and treatment include depression, bipolar disorder, PTSI, anxiety, suicide prevention and e-mental health. The $300,000 we aim to raise will support Black Dog’s research, and the continued development and delivery of effective treatments and programs.
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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.
Check out what happened at the MFSC
CFA South Warrandyte$3,071
CFA Ferntree Gully$696
The MFSC would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to climbers, Climb crew volunteers, sponsors and donors of MFSC18 for the outstanding fundraising achievement of $545,702.
These funds have been used to change and save lives through Lifeline and Black Dog Institute.