Crisis supporters needed to help Lifeline Northern Rivers

LIFELINE Northern Rivers is looking for people who are interested in volunteering as crisis supporters.

Successful applicants will be accepted into the organisation's next training course, which begins on February 6. Applications for course admission close on December 4.

Counselling centre manager Niall Mulligan said Lifeline's 13 11 14 service played a critical role in offering 24/7 easily accessible support to people in crisis who may be at imminent risk of taking their own lives.

"In 2015 Lifeline will answer more than 800,000 calls to 13 11 14 nationally; Lifeline Northern Rivers' 70 Lismore-based volunteers will play a critical role by answering more than 16,000 of those crisis calls," Mr Mulligan said.

"Many of those calls came from people at significant risk of suicide at the time of their call.

"In March this year the Australian Bureau of Statistics released the 2013 Causes of Death in Australia report.

"That report indicated that there were 2520 deaths by suicide in 2013, starkly illuminating the need for focussed and accessible suicide prevention services in our community."

To maintain its contribution to the national 13 11 14 service, Lifeline Northern Rivers needs to train 15 to 20 volunteer crisis supporters every year.

Lifeline's crisis supporter training equips volunteer crisis supporters to provide immediate and short term support to people in crisis.

This includes helping the caller to relieve emotional distress, enable coping skills, make decisions and increase their safety around suicide and other issues.To receive a detailed information pack about the training, email or phone 6622 4133.

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