Shining a light on suicide prevention this festive season
Lights for Lifeline is a new initiative with a strong message: to shine a light on suicide prevention, mental health issues and the need for more crisis support services.
Lights symbolise the hope that Lifeline WA brings to those experiencing emotional crisis.
While spreading this message far and wide, Lifeline WA hopes to raise additional funding to educate Telephone Crisis Support Volunteers who are the heroes of the Lifeline 13 11 14 service, responding to more than 50,000 Western Australians each year.
For most, the Festive Season is a very happy time of the year. However, for some it can be a lonely and challenging time, a time of crisis.
For Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support telephone line, 13 11 14, the days leading up to Christmas Day and then the New Year are the busiest time of the year. The service receives a new call every 37 seconds during this period, with 5% of all calls received being from someone at high risk of suicide.
This Festive Season, Lifeline WA is calling on all Western Australians to reach out to each other, and to support those who may be in crisis and need a little extra help to cope. The Lights for Lifeline campaign is a wonderful way for corporate WA and individuals alike to contribute to the wider community.
It costs Lifeline $3,000 to educate one telephone crisis support volunteer, who will answer on average 150 calls per year from someone at high risk of suicide.
To find out more about LIghts for Lifeline or to pledge your support, please visit lights.org.au