Lifeline calls for crisis funding
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.