WHY RISE FOUNDATION?
Rise Foundation Australia was founded by Australia Day Award Winner and qualified mental health trainer Ben Higgs. Ben and his team are Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Response trainers who use evidence based technical expertise and personal insights through lived experience to up skill businesses, communities and individuals in suicide prevention and mental health wellbeing.
We believe that the bad days are just as important as the good ones.
It's about accepting that these bad days are going to happen.
Most of our learning comes from failing, and then picking yourself back up and pushing on.
From making mistakes and moving forward. From falling and then rising.
We will fail. We will fall. We will make mistakes.
It's part of life and happens to everyone.
The difference is what you make of it, what you learn and what you do after.
This is the part that will define us.
There is no shame in needing a hand when we are down.
There is no shame in asking for a hand.
Accepting that you need a help and asking for it is the brave part.
Giving someone a hand is just as brave.
In 2013, we created PPP4SPA. 24 hours on a treadmill all in the name of mental health awareness.
From humble beginnings in 2013 - Ben, five mates and two treadmills at the local bowling club -
to 2018 and under Ben's vision and guidance, it has now become the largest event for mental health and suicide prevention in the world with over 30,000 people taking part.
About the event, Ben was quoted in the media saying "Money raised is nice to have but these events are all about communities coming together, raising awareness and talking about suicide.
If one person leaves this event today and calls a mate to see how they're doing,
or calls one of the crisis services when they're struggling, then we've done our job. Thats the real success".
In 2016, itching for a new challenge and ready to make some more noise for suicide prevention -
RFA created WALK IT OFF - a 916km walk from the Gold Coast to Sydney.
Over 15 days, Ben & five mates of RFA walked - speaking at schools and sporting clubs along the way -
all the while having more small conversations as part of a larger global one.
In 2017, Ben was invited to the USA to talk at the National Behavioural Health Conference in Seattle,
and also be interviewed for the global documentary "Suicide : The Ripple Effect ".
WHERE WE WORK
We are based in Sydney, Australia and offer programs locally, regionally and globally.
WHO WE WORK WITH
Mental health is everyone’s business, with our clients ranging from lawyers and accountants to first responders, underground miners to airport baggage handlers, gym staff and personal trainers to sporting clubs, teachers, parents and community service organisations.