WHY ARE WE RAISING FUNDS?
Research shows that the most common cause of death for men under 45 is suicide.
According to Beyond Blue, on average:
- one in eight men will experience depression
- one in five men will experience anxiety at some stage of their lives.
- six out of every eight suicides every single day in Australia.
- the number of men who die by suicide in Australia every year is nearly double the national road toll.
Our annual fundraising campaign addresses the general stigma around mental health, as well as the lack of understanding around how to support those suffering with it. As a group, men are less likely to ask for support and less well positioned to offer support for others.
Harnessing the popularity of the arts in our community, our fundraising campaign is shared through all events and all networks, at community, business and government level, to help reach the largest number of supporters possible. But whilst aimed at everyone, we hope to reach men in particular to help drive the dialogue amongst this high-risk group.
We kindly ask you to support our fundraising efforts to show your support for Foundation 61 and help them continue to build on the incredibly life-saving work they have done to date.
FUNDRAISING GOAL: $5000
$5000 provides sponsorship for one room for 12 months, providing much needed support and a safe space for two men for 6 months each.
This is a very humble amount but will make a significant contribution to two men’s lives wishing to live a life free from substance use and/or other life-controlling issues.
OUR 2020 FUNDRAISING MISSION
Our mission is to support charities that are working directly with communities who are implementing strategies to raise awareness of mental illness, while supporting the preservation of life. We are passionate about sharing resilience-focused messages in recovery and building community support through the delivery of fun, creative and educational experiences and events which then enable us to support important services like Foundation 61, a rehabilitation service for men with controlling issues.
Foundation 61 is one of those incredibly powerful local services. Founded in 2005, this service relies on the support of our community to continue to bring hope to those struggling with life controlling issues.
Foundation 61 is a 15-bed facility that can support 30+ men on six-month-long stays. While some men don’t require to stay for the full duration of the half-year stay, some stay longer.
Remember, every man may be someone’s son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin who belongs to you.
To find out how Foundation 61 changed one man’s life, click here to read Jack’s story.