Lo­cal firies hit stairs for men­tal health

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - NEWS - If you or some­one you know needs sup­port, call Life­line on 131 114.

TWO New Nor­folk fire­fight­ers took the step to fight de­pres­sion, PTSD and sui­cide by climb­ing 28 floors at Mel­bourne’s Crown Metropol Ho­tel.

New Nor­folk fire­men Sam Maxwell and Kelvin Richards donned 25kg of safety gear for the fundrais­ing climb as part of this year’s Mel­bourne Fire­fighter Stair Climb.

More than $500,000 has been raised through the ini­tia­tive, which aims at rais­ing aware­ness, fund­ing re­search, and re­mov­ing stig­mas around men­tal health.

Mr Richards, who fin­ished the climb in just over six min­utes, said it was amaz­ing to get be­hind such a wor­thy cause.

The pair raised $1075 which will sup­port a num­ber of or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Life­line and the Black Dog In­sti­tute.

Mr Richards said men­tal health was a huge con­cern for some in the fire ser­vice.

“The is­sue of PTSD is un­be­liev­able. Day in, day out some of the things we see can bring peo­ple down so much,” he said.

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