Lifeline was founded in 1963 by the late Reverend Dr Sir Alan Walker, after he received a call by a distressed man, who three days later took his own life. Determined not to let loneliness, isolation or anxiety be the cause of other deaths, Sir Alan launched a crisis line, which operated out of the Methodist Central Mission in Sydney.
Just a few days after it was first established, Lifeline received over one hundred calls for help.
Lifeline’s Role in Suicide Prevention
Each year around 3100 people die by suicide and a further 20,000 are affected by the loss of a loved one or friend to suicide. Lifeline is dedicated to the prevention of suicide in Australia and to raising awareness about suicide and the help-seeking options available.
Suicide Prevention is the reason that the Lifeline 24-hour telephone counselling service was developed more than 40 years ago.
For those with thoughts of suicide, it is vital to find ways to stay alive, work through problems in living and to get help.
For those who know someone at risk of suicide, it is important to listen and understand and to help an at risk friend or loved one with services that can help them to stay safe. Lifeline offers information on helping people at risk of suicide.
For those dealing with the suicide of someone they know, it is important to find support to make sense of what has happened, deal with their grief and learn how to live with their loss.