Firefighters Climb High for Mental Health
Published: 6 September, 2019
Firefighters from across the world will descend upon Melbourne’s Crown Metropol on Saturday 7 September to raise money and awareness of post-traumatic stress injury (PTSI), depression and suicide, with Black Dog Institute a charity of choice.
The annual Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb will see 600 Firefighters from across Australasia, and the world, ascend 28 floors wearing 25kgs of firefighting gear and breathing apparatuses.
Since its inception in 2014, the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb has amassed an impressive following and raised considerable funds to support research, improve services, remove stigma and raise awareness of mental illness for those within the Emergency Service and Defence communities.
With this year’s aim to raise $700,000 for multiple charities, Black Dog Institute welcomes Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb’s charitable donation, which will help support its existing work towards improving the mental health of emergency services workers through research and the development of evidence-based resources.
“We are honoured to be considered a charity of choice for this wonderful annual event,” said Black Dog Institute’s Senior Manager of Community Fundraising, Evan Jackson.
“Without the kindness and generosity of organisations, such as the Melbourne Firefighter Stair Climb, we wouldn’t be able to deliver the valuable evidence-base that helps us better understand and treat mental ill-health.
“The Stair Climb donation will support our researchers to continue their important work into understanding the mental health of first responders, and will help us use our research findings to develop and deliver evidence-based resources that will aid in reducing the prevalence of mental illness in the emergency services communities.”
Event Date: Saturday 7 September 2019
Event Time: 7:00am Welcome ceremony, 8:00am Race begins
Event Location: Crown Conference Centre, Metropol Hotel (the corner of Whiteman Street and Kings Way)
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