Over 28,000 Australians will reach out to Lifeline for our help this Christmas period. Please make an urgent donation before the 25th of December so we can give hope and help to every single one.
Christmas isn’t always a happy time for everyone. For people like Elizabeth, who are battling mental illness, family or relationship problems, or isolation, it can be a lonely and challenging time.
After being hospitalised with severe depression and anxiety, a 17-year-old Elizabeth decided she’d had enough. At such a young age, she tried two times within two years to take her own life.
Elizabeth was hospitalised, alone and desperate for help. Not knowing where else to turn, she reached out and made a call to Lifeline. It saved her life.
“It made me feel like I mattered, and that I was finally getting somewhere. Because of Lifeline I could finally recover.”
Since that call – Elizabeth has made an amazing recovery and is now studying to be a nurse so she can help others during their time of need. If she could talk to the Lifeline volunteer that she spoke with that day she would say, “Thank you – without you I wouldn’t be here”.
During her recovery and time in hospital Elizabeth would make Japanese paper cranes - a symbol of hope and good luck. She continues to make them today and has made over 16,000 to forever remind her of the hope she has in her life.
This Christmas Lifeline will get thousands of calls for help from Australians like Elizabeth. One of them could be someone you know and love. With the number of suicides sadly increasing in recent years, we must be prepared to help more people than ever before.
Your gift to Lifeline’s Christmas Appeal today can help to ensure that our Crisis Supporters have all the training, equipment and support they need to save lives and give hope this Christmas.