The challenge that my work colleague Chloe Thomas embarked upon to climb Mt Kilimanjaro was successfully completed at 7:30 am on 12th July 2019 when we summitted the tallest freestanding mountain on the planet. Every day was a challenge as we trekked and climbed across rugged terrain.
Our experience was incredible and reinforced many basics of life that to achieve our goal we needed preparation, focus, support and direction, guidance, clear mind above all belief that we could achieve. Our climb was dedicated to those who know and don’t know who suffer from ill health.
Many in our community, face tougher battles every day. The battles for some include coping with depression, anxiety and other types of mental health problems. We wanted our challenge to focus on delivering a message that having these problems carries no shame and is just like any other health issue.
We sought to raise funds to assist research projects of the Black Dog Institute and the great counselling work that Beyond Blue delivers 24/7. With off line pledges we have raised nearly $30000 for these charities and we sincerely thank you all for your support. We would like to continue the fund raising until 30th September so will be grateful for any support you can give
All of us at some time have or will be exposed to a loved one, friend, team mate or colleague experiencing some form of mental health issue. The impact on people and those who care for them can be immense.
The statistics make compelling reading for the scale of mental health problems in our community:
* One in five (20%) Australians aged 16-85
experience a mental illness in any year
* Almost half (45%) Australians will
experience a mental illness in their lifetime
* The most common mental illnesses are
depressive, anxiety and substance use
* 54% of people with mental illness do
not access any treatment
* Every day, at least six Australians die from
suicide and a further thirty people will
attempt to take their own life.
* This is twice the number who die from vehicle accidents
* Suicide is the leading cause of death for
people Australians aged 25-44
* Men are at greatest risk of suicide but least
likely to seek help and accounted for over
three quarters (76%) of deaths from suicide
• 65,300 people a year attempt to take their
own lives, the majority being women
* annually, one in six young Australians experiences an anxiety disorder and one in 16 experiences depression.
Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!