This year, with your help, we aim to raise $500,000 for Lifeline, the Black Dog Institute and 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.
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 $233,343 (or 45% of funds) raised will ensure that Lifeline’s 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.
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 $50,000 (10% of funds) raised 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.