Lifeline – needed more than ever

Lifeline – needed more than ever

Lifeline Aotearoa has been helping New Zealanders in crisis for over 50 years – and its services are needed more than ever today.

Free community helplines (Lifeline 24/7, Suicide Crisis Helpline, Kidsline) as well as text support service HELP (4357) are answered by qualified counsellors and trained volunteers from call centres in Auckland and Christchurch.

Lifeline also provides specialist counselling and corporate and volunteer training, says the charity’s Executive Director, Glenda Schnell, pictured.

“We receive over 10,000 calls per month from people of all ages and ethnicities who are struggling with a wide range of issues.

“These can include relationship and work problems, mental health, grief, abuse, bullying and loneliness,“ she says.

“Sadly, we’ve seen the suicide numbers increase yet again. Anyone who thinks they, or someone they know may be thinking about suicide or anyone struggling to deal with the loss of a loved one through suicide can call 0800 LIFELINE (543 354), or text HELP (4357).

We help an average of six people a day at high risk of ending their lives.

“Those who call Lifeline can trust that their concerns, heartache or troubles will not be judged, that they will be heard and can find hope. 

“Calls to our helplines are free, confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Glenda says.

Cooperative Business NZ Chief Executive Craig Presland welcomes Lifeline to the co-operative community.

“Lifeline has been there for people to turn to when in distress, with compassionate, effective counsellors just a phone call away. For more than half a century, Lifeline has been an outstanding contributor to New Zealand’s health and social sector,” Craig says.

Lifeline’s 24/7 helpline 0800 LIFELINE, Suicide Crisis Helpline – 0508 TAUTOKO and 0800 KIDSLINE receive no Government funding and are reliant on sponsorships, donations and bequests. All funds raised by Lifeline are used directly, to support the provision of its services throughout Aotearoa.

Craig invites Members to consider becoming a corporate sponsor of Lifeline:

“This crucial service provided to vulnerable New Zealanders directly saves lives while improving mental wellness across a broad spectrum of New Zealanders. With over 660 suicides committed in NZ in 2017/18, and with this trend unfortunately rising, we all need to be closely supporting those in need.

“Lifeline is a leading 24/7 national provider of key support services to the vulnerable and we are proud to have them become part of the NZ Co-op Family. Any financial support for this organisation would be greatly appreciated”.