Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb
COVID UPDATE :
WE ARE GOING VIRTUAL !
On Saturday 12th September 2020, 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, so for 2020 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 – Saturday 10th October 2020.
This year, with your help, we aim to raise $500,000 for Lifeline. the Black Dog Institute 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 TRIPLE 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 $225,000 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.
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 $225,000 we aim to raise will support Black Dog’s research, and the continued development and delivery of effective treatments and programs.
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 $50,000 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 MFSC20 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 2020 Fundraisers
The MFSC would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to climbers, Climb crew volunteers, sponsors and donors of MFSC19 for the outstanding fundraising achievement of $525,161.
These funds have been gratefully received by Lifeline, Black Dog Institute and the Emergency Services Foundation, who have used them to change and save lives.
Since it’s inception in 2014, with your support the MFSC has now raised $2,327,660 for charity, benefitting:
- Alfred Hospital Burns Unit
- Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
- Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
- Black Dog Institute
- Emergency Services Foundation