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.
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 $233,343 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.
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 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 $233,343 we aim to raise will support Black Dog’s research, and the continued development and delivery of effective treatments and programs.