On Monday June 15, our Lifeline Centre at Gordon, was honoured to receive a visit from Prue Goward, NSW Minister for Mental Health.
The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to announce the continuation of funding for Lifeline’s crisis support and suicide prevention services in NSW, with an additional $2.6 million dollars to be provided annually to Lifeline over the next four years.
Whilst visiting, Minister Goward had the opportunity to learn about all of the crisis support and suicide prevention services that Lifeline Harbour to Hawkesbury offers.
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Media Release – $10.5 million for vital Lifeline services
Minister for Mental Health Pru Goward today announced the 2015-16 NSW Budget will provide $10.5 million over four years to Lifeline Australia, helping them as they work to save lives every day.
Ms Goward said the pledge builds on the Government’s 2011-2014 commitment of $8 million, increasing the funding and providing another four years of support.
“Lifeline offers vital crisis support and suicide prevention services to more than 2,000 callers every day across the country,” Ms Goward said.
More than 430,000 calls are expected to be answered this financial year by Crisis Supporters at Lifeline Centres in NSW – this is a twenty per cent increase on the last two years.
Ms Goward said Lifeline’s work is particularly important in rural and regional NSW where people may be isolated and far from help, vulnerable to losing sight of hope.
“Increasing and extending this funding will help this vital organisation answer more calls and respond to people in crisis,” Ms Goward said.
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said the continuation of funding by the NSW Government for 13 11 14 – Lifeline’s 24/7 telephone crisis support line, will save lives.
“Our crisis support and suicide prevention services continue to play a vital role in supporting the mental wellness of the NSW community, and this funding ensures we can be there in the years to come,” Mr Brogden said.
To support Lifeline go to www.lifeline.org.au or for crisis support call 13 11 14.