8 May 2018
Lifeline funding boost to support mental health
The Coalition Government will provide $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost their telephone crisis service and help those with mental health issues in Wide Bay.
Over 1 million Australians reach out to Lifeline each year and it receives the largest call volume of any crisis support service.
Federal Member for Wide Bay, Llew O’Brien, said this funding will mean the charity can answer more calls, helping them answer close to 100 per cent of calls.
“Funding will also support the coaching and development of crisis supporters, equipping them with more skills to deal with the complex range of issues which can be brought up during a call,” Mr O’Brien said.
“Lifeline’s 24 hour service is important to the Wide Bay community, it saves lives and puts people in touch with the services and support they need when times are tough. I encourage anyone who needs help to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.
“I’m pleased the Coalition Government will continue to support the work of this vital organisation.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt said sometimes it’s hard to reach out for help but during times of need Australians should know someone will be available to hear their concerns and offer them help.
“We are forever grateful to the crisis supporters and staff of Lifeline, no doubt they have saved countless lives,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Turnbull McCormack Government is investing over $4.2 billion dollars into mental health services this year and we have made mental health a national priority.
“The Federal Government has contributed more than $57 million since 2011-12 to Lifeline’s 13 11 14 telephone service.
“We have also provided over $213 million (from 2011-12 to 2018-19) for a range of nationally available telephone and web based services, including Kids Helpline Reachout, and On The Line.” (ENDS)