When Megan called Lifeline, she was at breaking point. She was isolated after leaving a violent relationship and had just found out she was pregnant. She was recovering from a recent attempt to take her life.
Fortunately, she made the call to Lifeline.
Sam answered and, supported by his supervisor Kat, was able to listen, respond and provide support to Megan. At the end of the call, she told him, 'I don’t know how to thank you. You’ve saved two lives today.'
How do you learn to save a life?
Deciding to become a Crisis Supporter is a big decision and an even bigger commitment. Our volunteers must be prepared to answer highly stressful and demanding calls.
Our Crisis Supporters are incredible people who volunteer their time to help and comfort South Australians in crisis - people like Effie, Alex and Susan.
With your kind gift, we will be able to train more Crisis Supporters to answer every one of the 46,000 calls and chats we receive every year.
“We don’t know what lies ahead. But we do know one thing – tonight we will make a difference. Tonight, we will save lives. It’s a good feeling.” Effie
“I wanted to do something to help people. When you’re on a call and you really connect, there's nothing better. People lean into you, let you into their lives. I’ve met some amazing people." Alex
“My work as a Crisis Supporter is so incredibly rewarding. To have the capacity to connect with a person in moments when they are so very vulnerable… it gives me a strong sense of gratitude and privilege.” Susan
It costs $2305 to train one volunteer to become an accredited Crisis Support Worker. Each year, we need over 200 volunteers to be available to take crisis calls. The cost of training is significant.