Life­line calls for cri­sis fund­ing

Guardian Express - - NEWS -

LIFE­LINE WA is aim­ing to raise $160,000 to fund an ur­gently-needed ex­pan­sion of its North­bridge call cen­tre.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion cur­rently has 178 tele­phone cri­sis sup­port vol­un­teers, and has set a tar­get of 288 in the next 18 months to en­able the cen­tre to an­swer more of the tens of thou­sands of calls it re­ceives.

The Lights for Life­line cam­paign comes amid new fig­ures re­leased by the Aus­tralian Bureau of Statis­tics, show­ing 409 peo­ple took their lives in WA in 2017.

Life­line WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Lorna MacGre­gor said it cost $4000 to train one tele­phone cri­sis sup­port vol­un­teer, with e-learn­ing, work­shops, role-play­ing, su­per­vised shifts and as­sess­ments.

To make a do­na­tion to the cam­paign, visit life­linewa.org.au/do­na­tions.

For 24/7 cri­sis sup­port, call Life­line on 13 11 14 or visit life­linewa.org.au.

Young peo­ple seek­ing sup­port can also con­tact the Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or visit kid­shelpline.com.au.

A Life­line cri­sis sup­port vol­un­teer in­side the call cen­tre.

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