Lifeline Mid Coast was built on a commitment to reach out to those in crisis, whenever they need it and wherever they are, offering real support when difficulties seem overwhelming.
Established in 1988, Lifeline Mid Coast contributes to the national crisis line 13 11 14, answering more than 16,000 callers in crisis a year. The centre provides targeted services such as Support After Suicide groups for those bereved by suicide, and a range of community training opportunities that raise awareness in suicide prevention, domestic violence and mental health.
Sadly, suicide remains a leading cause of death for Australians aged between 15 and 44 (Australian Bureau of Statistics).
We understand that a person can experience crisis for many reasons and research into suicide suggests that while there are reasons for crisis, two perceptions stand out as being leading factors in suicide; a sense of isolation and feelings of hopelessness.
Our approach to suicide is based on the belief that it is possible to either intervene or interfere in a suicide crisis through simple actions such as connecting with our callers and offering appropriate support. It is this simple approach and our willingness to listen that saves lives.
Lifeline Mid Coast funds suicide prevention and awareness programs through its retail arm and community fundraising.
Lifeline Mid Coast services a population of 190,000 people living on the Mid North Coast of NSW. The area we cover is from Nambucca Heads in the north to Bulahdelah in the South.
The training is done in such a special way that I feel inspired and empowered to see life in a different light. Now I can give help and support to others, which is so rewarding.
The training exceeded my expectations and I have experienced great personal development since completing it and getting on the phones. I have gained more than I could ever have thought.