Sharleen Bachelor

Climbing for CFA Shepparton

On Saturday 7th September 2019, I will be a part of the 600 Firefighters who 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

As someone who has lived most of their adult life with PTSD and chronic depression I believe that together we can make a difference to not only make mental health conditions in our society more accepted but to prevent them from occurring in the first place and develop more effective strategies and treatments for those that do go on to develop them.

So far, I've raised $0 of my $500 fundraising goal.