• Hannah Phillips

Supporting Mental Health with Funding Increase for Lifeline

Lifeline is a national organisation providing all Australians experiencing personal issues with access to 24 hour crisis support and suicide prevention services.

These services will continue to be provided to people 24/7, right around the nation, with the announcement of $33.8 million in funding from the Coalition Government.

Over 1 million Australians reach out to Lifeline each year and it receives the largest call volume of any crisis support service.

Federal Member for Barker, Tony Pasin, said the funding will allow the charity to increase their current answering capacities, meaning almost 100% of calls will be answered.

“Funding will also support the coaching and development of crisis supporters, equipping them with more skills to deal with the complex range of issues which can be brought up during a call,” Mr Pasin said.

“We know how important Lifeline’s 24 hour service is to the community, including in Barker and we will continue to support this vital organisation.”

Health Minister Greg Hunt said acknowledged while it is hard to reach out for help during times of need, Australians should know someone is always available to hear their concerns and offer help.

“We are forever grateful to the crisis supporters and staff of Lifeline, no doubt they have saved countless lives,” Minister Hunt said.

“The Coalition Government is investing over $4.2 billion dollars into mental health services this year and we have made mental health a national priority.

“The Federal Government has contributed more than $57 million since 2011-12 to Lifeline’s 13 11 14 telephone service.

“We have also provided over $213 million (from 2011-12 to 2018-19) for a range of nationally available telephone and web based services, including Kids Helpline Reachout, and On The Line.”

Lifeline are there to help you 24/7 by calling 13 11 14.