Lifeline Mid Coast is 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.
Lifeline Mid Coast is a not-for-profit providing charitable purpose activities consistent with charities to promote the prevention, intervention and postvention of behaviour that is harmful to our communities including suicide and self-harm.
Established in 1988, Lifeline Mid Coast contributes to the national crisis line 13 11 14, answering more than 21,000 callers in crisis a year. The centre provides targeted services such as Support After Suicide groups for those impacted by suicide and the Eclipse Support Groups for people who have attempted suicide in the past. Additionally, the centre offers a range of community training opportunities that raise awareness in suicide prevention and intervention, 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 the 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 220,000 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.