MILLIONS of dollars may be spent on reducing the national road toll, but almost three times as manypeople dieby suicide than on the roads.
Just this month alone, about 2000 crisis calls will be answered by Lifeline Central West volunteers in Bathurst, Orange and Dubbo.
Nationally, around one millioncalls from people in a crisis will be made to Lifeline.
Bathurst womanStephanie Robinson is among those on the front line answering those calls.
Calls can be from people who are lonely, depressed, suffering from anxiety, amid a personal crisis, victims of abuse, andsometimes, they are from people who are suicidal.
Working as the Lifeline Central West crisis support services manager, Ms Robinson knows first hand how vital it is to have someone available to answer Lifeline’s 13 11 14 number 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week.
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— Lifeline (@LifelineAust) June 13, 2017I think our lives are too complex – financial pressures, pressures to be better, the goal posts keep moving for people.
Lifeline Central West crisis support manager Stephanie Robinson
“Help seekers range from being young people right up to the elderly and they’re all from different backgrounds.”
Ms Robinson said changes in society, and especially technology, have had an impact on the mental health of the community.
“I think our lives are too complex –financial pressures, pressures to be better, the goal posts keep moving for people,” she said.
“In a way we’re more isolated than ever before, but in a way we’re more connected,” she said.
Lifeline’s nextApplied Suicide Intervention Skills Training(ASIST) course commences on July 1, and she has urged anyone in Bathurst, Orange or Dubbo to attend.
Training is available for people who would like to volunteer as a Lifeline crisis support worker, and also those keen to learn suicide prevention skills.Call 1300 798 258 to find out about the ASIST training.
Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for help in a crisis.Western Advocate