Lifeline receives funding boost

THE federal government is set to provide $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost their telephone crisis service and help those with mental health issues across the South West.

Over one million Australians reach out to Lifeline each year and it receives the largest call volume of any crisis support service.

Forrest MP Nola Marino said the funding would mean the charity could answer more calls.

“Funding will also support the coaching and development of crisis supporters, equipping them with more skills to deal with the complex range of issues which can be brought up during a call,” she said.

“We know how important Lifeline’s 24 hour service is to the community, including in the South West and we will continue to support this vital organisation.” Contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Source: Bunbury Mail.