The Turnbull Government will provide $33.8 million to Lifeline to significantly boost their telephone crisis service and help those with mental health issues in Forde.
Over one million Australians reach out to Lifeline each year and it receives the largest call volume of any crisis support service.
Federal Member for Forde Bert van Manen MP said the funding would support Lifeline to answer more calls and help them answer close to 100 per cent of 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,” Mr van Manen said.
“We know how important Lifeline’s 24 hour service is to the community and we will continue to support this vital organisation.”
Health Minister Greg Hunt said it was hard for people to reach out during times of need and Australians should know someone will be available to hear their concerns and offer them help.
“We are forever grateful to the crisis supporters and staff of Lifeline, no doubt they have saved countless lives,” Minister Hunt said.
“The Turnbull Government is investing over $4.2 billion dollars into mental health services this year and we have made mental health a national priority.
“We have also provided over $213 million (from 2011-12 to 2018-19) for a range of nationally available telephone and web based services, including Kids Helpline Reachout, and On The Line.”