Tragically, the year 2021 witnessed a staggering loss of 3,144 lives to suicide in Australia. Unsettling data provided by the ABS revealed that males over the age of 85 experienced the highest age-specific suicide rate, while the age group of 80-84 saw the most substantial increase in suicide rates between 2020 and 2021.
Comprising a dedicated team of Community Vision members, including staff, Senior Executives, Support Workers, and Managers, this group is undertaking the challenge to raise funds for Lifeline while making a positive impact on mental health and early intervention strategies to prevent suicide.
Embracing the spirit of teamwork, Community Vision will collectively work towards achieving the target of 3,144 push-ups, not only with the aim of improving their own physical well-being but also to foster stronger relationships among colleagues and customers by continuously supporting and checking in on one another.
Tamara Williamson, the Clinical Services Manager at Community Vision, is spearheading this team challenge, expressing her hopes for improved health and well-being for all participants and extending these positive effects to the organisation’s customers as well.
Recognising the significance of protective factors in reducing the likelihood of suicidal behavior, Community Vision places great value on fostering strong social networks and encouraging community engagement. Additionally, they offer opportunities for customers to learn new skills, pursue hobbies, and utilise innovative technologies such as Virtual Reality to connect individuals with their ancestral or cultural heritage.
Tamara further emphasises the organisation’s commitment, stating, “We have a responsibility to support some of the most vulnerable individuals in our state, ranging from young children to those living with disabilities and elderly Australians. It is crucial that we prioritise our own mental well-being so that we can provide the best possible support to our deserving customers.”
Community Vision with their CEO Yvonne Timson provide a diverse range of services to individuals of all ages and abilities, including Family Day Care, Home Care and Disability Care.
By participating in the Push Up Challenge, each push-up completed by the team represents a life lost to suicide in the past 12 months. This cause deeply resonates with everyone at some point in their lives, and the challenge presents a unique opportunity to unite the Community Vision community while simultaneously improving mental health and well-being.