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Lifeline is there for Victorians 24/7 as calls from Victoria spike 22% in new lockdown

9 July 2020

Lifeline is there for Victorians 24/7 as calls from Victoria spike 22% in new lockdown

Lifeline Australia Chairman, John Brogden today made a plea to Victorians to reach out to Lifeline to speak to a Crisis Supporter as the pressures of the second COVID-19 lockdown effect people’s mental health.

John Brogden, Chairman of Lifeline Australia said:

 “My message to Victorians is please don’t suffer in silence.”

Lifeline, Australia’s leading suicide prevention service, has received a 22% increase in calls originating from Victoria since Sunday. This is a 22% increase from Victorians this week than at the same time last year:

“Australians have already been turning to Lifeline in record numbers since the COVID-19 outbreak began in March.  Each month since March we have been receiving almost 90,000 calls, that’s a call every 30 seconds. 

“So, this 22% spike in Victoria is a significant sign that the new lockdown measures are taking a toll on the mental health of Victorians.”

 Mr Brogden said it’s critical that people understand they can access services like Lifeline if and when they need to.

 “We want people to know they can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time of the day or night or text us between 6pm and midnight every night on 0477 13 11 14. 

 Lifeline also has a text service available every night for people who are unable to talk.

 If you can’t call us, you can text us on 0477 13 11 14 between 6pm and midnight every night.

 Mr Brogden said Lifeline has been working with the Victorian Department of Health to ensure the community is aware that Lifeline’s services are available to them 24 hours a day.

 “Our thoughts are with the people of Victoria. Lockdown means many of the important opportunities for people to connect with each other and do things they enjoy are being stopped. For someone who is already struggling, this can be a huge blow. 

 The lockdown will also affect people who may have never experienced mental health issues before in their lives.

We are asking people to look out for those who may struggle through isolation, especially if they live on their own.  If you can’t knock on their door, be imaginative in how you can connect- give someone a call, write them an email, put a note under their door.  By reaching out to someone who may be struggling and letting them know you care, you can send a really powerful message of hope.” Said Mr Brogden.

Lifeline service details:

Telephone: 13 11 14 (24 hours)

Lifeline Text: 0477 13 11 14 (6pm – midnight)

Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service, operating the 13 11 14 telephone line within 40 centres around the nation.  The service expects to respond to over one million requests for support this year, creating an average of 120 safety plans to keep a person experiencing suicidal ideation safe every day.

To arrange an interview, please contact:   media@lifeline.org.au or phone: 0408 407 376 to donate: lifeline.org.au/donate