About Lifeline Top End
Suicide is a complex and confronting issues. It is difficult to fathom and difficult to discuss. Yet, we need to acknowledge the problem if we are to find solutions.
Most suicidal people don't want to die; they just want their emotional pain to end. Suicidal people often experience an ambivalence; when they are not sure if they want to live or die. Is is during this time they can be saved.
The social stigma associated with suicide is a very real barrier to seeking help. By talking about it, we increase awareness and reduce the stigma so people know its OK to reach out for support.
Suicide is preventable and together we can paint a positive picture about what can be done to give a lifeline to people vulnerable to suicide.
Lifeline Top End is working hard to fulfil the aim of an Australia Free of Suicide.
Our 24/7 crisis support line of 13 11 14 takes over 700,000 calls a year nationally. Lifeline Top End is grateful to the incredible volunteers who make this service possible. We provide training, ongoing development and support throughout the year.
Lifeline Top End also delivers the Accidental Counsellor Workshop. This workshop provides non-counsellors with a range of skills to work effectively with people who may be distresses, agitated or in crisis. It gives participants a practical framework for managing theses issues, while achieving a sense of structure, confidence and self-care at work and in everyday life. Contact Lifeline Top End on 8935 6400 for workshop dates and cost.
In October 1975 it was felt that there was a need for a telephone counselling service to help Darwin residents through the first Wet Season after Cyclone Tracey. In order to start up quickly, trained counsellors already working in the Welfare field were utilized. It soon became apparent from the demand that far more telephone workers were required. In 1976 a public meeting was held to attract volunteers with the first training course starting. This was the beginning of Crisis Line which served the NT community for 35 years.
In July 2006 discussions were held with Lifeline Australia to see how the Crisis Line could become part of the national organisation so that it could provide an improved service to its volunteers and the NT community. Through those discussions Lifeline Top End became the 43rd Lifeline Centre to operate within Australia. There is also a Lifeline Centre in Alice Springs.
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