My son, Philip, was suicidal when he called Lifeline. What if they hadn't answered his call?
'Philip is 14 and he is a kind, wise, budding artist who feels everything. He’s tried to take his own life. Numerous times.
There was one time in particular, when Lifeline saved his life. It was 2am and I had fallen into an exhausted sleep. Philip woke me up saying Lifeline was on the phone. He’d been up all night, ready to end his life. Thankfully, he’d rung Lifeline.
I didn’t even know he knew about Lifeline. The Crisis Supporter had told him to wake me up. I didn’t stop hugging him all night. He fell asleep in my arms… safe for one more night. I’m haunted by the thought: what if they hadn’t answered in time? Because the heart-breaking truth is that Lifeline is unable to get to every person who calls them.
What happens when they reach out in despair, and their call isn’t answered? Your life-saving gift today can help Lifeline to answer every call this Christmas.'
Christmas can be a really difficult time of year for some people. Feelings of isolation and loneliness can be overwhelming. The suicide rate goes up and the calls to Lifeline go up too. More than 422 calls will go unanswered on Christmas Eve. That's more than four hundred people reaching out in despair, unable to get through to someone who can help them.
Lifeline simply MUST be able to answer more calls more quickly, and the only way they can do that is through the support of caring people like you. Your generosity and support of Lifeline will help people just like Philip in their darkest moments.
Please support Lifeline to support more people in crisis – and save more lives – this Christmas.
How do you learn to save a life?
Our Crisis Supporters are incredible people who volunteer their time to help and comfort South Australians in crisis. 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.
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.
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.