Lifeline can’t keep up with call demand, and some calls - from potentially suicidal people reaching out for help - are going unanswered.
The Australian Government needs to ensure that Lifeline is properly funded.
This matter is too important.
Lifeline’s vision is an Australia free of suicide. But this can only occur when suicide prevention is seen as a national priority.
Suicide kills more Australians than physical diseases. Research data shows suicide is the leading cause of death for people aged between 15 and 44 in this country.
Each day, six Australians take their own life – a figure almost double our annual road toll.
Together we can change this.
We ask that the Australian Government allocate more funds to suicide prevention services like Lifeline, so it can support Australians in times of crisis, and equip individuals, families and communities to be resilient and safe from suicide.
Together we can achieve an Australia free of suicide.
Suicide is still a taboo subject, making it difficult for people to talk about their feelings of isolation, depression emotional pain and loneliness. That is why crisis lines like Lifeline 13 11 14 are so important – they provide a way for people to seek help, privately.
Suicide affects thousands of people – each death impacts on friends, on families and on the community. Subsequently, rising demand continues to put pressure on services like Lifeline. Just yesterday, they answered over 2,000 calls.
Our aim is to ensure EVERY Australian has access to Lifeline crisis support and suicide prevention services, when they need it.
When you need support in a crisis:
Call Lifeline 13 11 14
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