Local firies hit stairs for mental health
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.