Crisis support in demand

Applications have opened for members of the public interested in becoming Lifeline Telephone Crisis Supporters.

The Lifeline network took more than one million phone calls last year and the demand is set to increase in coming years as people become more aware of issues like mental health, suicide, domestic violence and the services like Lifeline that can help during a crisis.

Lifeline Gippsland acting chief executive David Rohde highlighted the lifesaving work of Lifeline’s volunteers across Australia, as well as the vital role the Gippsland community can play.

“There is currently one suicide every three hours in Australia, which is the highest rate of suicide deaths recorded in the past 10 years, according to ABS statistics. The figures are double the road toll,” Mr Rohde said.

“Across Gippsland and the country, there has been an increase in the number of people seeking help. While it is extremely positive that more people are reaching out, we need more volunteers to support these Australians going through tough times.”

Applications have just opened for members of the public interested in becoming Lifeline telephone crisis supporters.

Volunteer telephone crisis supporters come from all walks of life and as full training is provided, they do not need any prior qualifications.

To learn more about becoming a telephone crisis supporter, phone Lifeline Gippsland on 5136 3500, visit or email

Lifeline Gippsland is holding two information sessions on 9 February from 9.30am to 10.30am and 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Attendance is only required at one session which is open to all.