Sarah* felt terribly alone and didn't know where else to turn.
“I was so upset I couldn't even talk, I just cried. She stayed on the phone... she sounded like she really cared about me.
I'm not sure I'd still be here if I hadn't called Lifeline.”
Sarah* never thought she’d need to call Lifeline—and she’s still not sure what made her do it. But she knows that one rainy Saturday afternoon, she was sitting in her car feeling more overwhelmed and alone than she’d ever felt.
Sarah was in a perfect storm: she’d moved to a new city away from friends and family, was working long hours, worried constantly about money and had just had a terrible fight with her partner. She felt desperate and isolated.
“I was stressed out of my mind and so unhappy. Everything had been spiralling for me, and it escalated.” Alone and hurting, Sarah remembers feeling like she was losing control.
“I started to have thoughts about driving dangerously; I was sobbing and actually screaming, hitting the steering wheel with my hands. I felt really lost, and like it wouldn’t matter to anyone if I stayed that way.”
What Sarah did next may have saved her life. She phoned Lifeline.
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Yesterday in Australia, roughly eight people like Sarah deliberately ended their own lives. Today, another eight will do the same....
But we know talking to them, when they feel desperately alone, saves lives.
Please donate today to help us train 50 more Crisis Supporters to make sure no one who calls Lifeline in a crisis is left alone.
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One of the busiest centres in Australia, we answer more than 34,000 calls and 12,000 online chats each year. Every phone call, every chat, is only possible thanks to donations from generous people like you.
The next person to call Lifeline on 13 11 14 could be your neighbour, a family member or your best friend; people who feel they cannot share their stories of loneliness, domestic violence or depression – and call us as their last resort.