Omar Dean Joins Lifeline as Online Crisis Chat Ambassador
Release date: 28 April 2014
Lifeline is proud to welcome Australia’s newest star Omar Dean as the Lifeline Online Crisis Support Chat Ambassador.
Omar Dean will lend his name, profile and story to help Lifeline reach young people in crisis through an innovative online service designed to target those in need. Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat Service is now available with extended hours, seven days a week.
Since X-Factor, Omar Dean’s career and popularity is soaring, but some people may not be aware he was significantly bullied at school and turned to music to cope.
“I know all too well the impact depression and feelings of despair can have on a person, especially young people. I’ve been through it, I’ve lived it and it can be hard to reach out for help, especially if you feel stressed or confused but it’s so important to seek help,” Omar said.
Recognising social media and online as a mainstream form of communication, Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat Service is for anyone who would prefer to seek help and advice via a real time, one-on-one, online conversation.
“For anyone struggling, you don’t need to feel alone - Lifeline’s crisis support chat service can help you take control,” Omar said.
“We are so pleased someone of Omar Dean’s reputation and character has agreed to lend his name to Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat,” Jane Hayden, Lifeline Australia CEO, said.
“Over the past five years more than 1,500 people under the age of 25 have taken their own lives.”
“Particular groups (including some young people) have told us that their strong preference is to seek help through an online medium. As a Lifeline Ambassador, Omar will reach out to his fans and the community with the message that while feelings of despair can affect anyone, it is so important to seek help.”
Online Crisis Support Chat offers a private one-on-one chat session with one of Lifeline’s Crisis Supporters. The service is available 365 days per year from 8:00pm – 4:00am (AEST) at www.lifeline.org.au/crisischat.
To arrange a media opportunity with Omar Dean to discuss Lifeline’s Online Crisis Support Chat service, and his own experience with bullying and depression, please contact:
For further information or comment contact: John Mendel on 0408 407 376