2021 Opening Ceremony
Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb
COVID UPDATE :
WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL !
On Saturday 11th September 2021, 600 Firefighters and other Emergency Service Personnel would have “stepped up to fight depression, PTSI and suicide” by climbing the 28 floors of Crown Metropol Hotel wearing 25kgs of turnout gear and breathing apparatus BUT unfortunately the current COVID restrictions in Victoria prohibit this year’s event taking place as it normally would.
We are acutely aware that Mental Health is the underlying crisis of COVID-19, following 2020, in 2021 we invite the Emergency Service Community (your family and friends too!) to join us “virtually” to collectively climb a “MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH”.
3,046 Australians lose their lives to Suicide each year, so we are asking you to climb at least 3,046 steps over the next month…..together we will climb a MILLION STEPS FOR MENTAL HEALTH……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”…..
START CLIMBING STEPS TODAY – NEVER TOO LATE TO SIGN UP –
Concluding – World Mental Health Day – Sunday 10th October 2021.
This year, with your help, we aim to raise $500,000 for Lifeline, Fortem and the 000 Foundation, 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?
- 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
- Over 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
Together we have climbed
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 $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. 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 $200,000 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 000 Foundation (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 000 Foundation 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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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 000 Foundation, 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
- 000 Foundation