Crisis support funding to help Victorian dairy farmers
Lifeline welcomes today’s investment in crisis support services from the Victorian Government, saying that it has the potential to save lives in the state’s dairy farming community and beyond.
The national charity’s CEO Pete Shmigel believes the announcement shows the Victorian Government understands the vital role of 24/7 services like Lifeline in providing hope and connection in the region, particularly to those faced with immense personal hardship.
“The $45,000 donated to our 13 11 14 crisis line under this package will help our service answer about 1800 more calls from Australians in crisis,” Mr Shmigel said.
“We know that men in rural areas can be between 1.3 and 2.6 times more likely to die by suicide than those in urban areas, and that financial pressure, stress and lack of access to services can be life-threatening.
“We are pleased that the Victorian Government wants to ensure that we can be there – anytime, anywhere – when someone in rural Victoria needs someone to talk to. When a person feels lost, or that suicide is the only option, a call to 13 11 14 can truly be lifesaving.
“With Victorian farmers doing it tough at the moment, we have prepared our Crisis Supporters for calls they might receive around the dairy crisis. We are also working further with various private partners on the community capacity to deal with this situation.”
Mr Shmigel said he was looking forward to working closely with the Victorian Government in the allocation of $895,000 dedicated to locally-delivered services.
“Our Lifeline Centres in the region – including Gippsland – run a number of world-class training programs to help people recognise and respond to signs of suicide and mental illness,” Mr Shmigel said.
“We look forward to assisting the State Government in taking the best approach to supporting the Victorian community.”
For crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp.