Our suicide rates are sadly amongst the highest in the OECD (13.93 deaths per 100,000 people) and have been going up (from 13.67/100,000 in 2017 - 2018 to 13.93/100,000 in 2018 - 2019). Last year, 685 Kiwis lost their lives to suicide, which is higher than the road toll!
As Shaun Robinson of the Mental Health Foundation said, "the time has passed to raise awareness of suicide. We now need to raise awareness of suicide prevention and what is working."
Lifeline Aotearoa provides free community helplines (Lifeline 24/7, Suicide Crisis Helpline, Kidsline) and a text support service HELP (4357) answered by qualified counsellors and trained volunteers from call centres in Auckland and Christchurch.
I am absolutely privileged to be a volunteer helpline counsellor with Lifeline Aotearoa/The Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust, which provides such an indispensible 24 x 7 service to those most in need. We listen, we help, we save. All the time.
Unfortunately, the organisation is not funded by the government and relies heavily on the generosity of people like you and me to be able to continue to offer this high level of service to New Zealanders in need.
I've created this page because I want to make a difference. I'm truly inspired by the work of the Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust. I want to support them by raising money as part of my participation in the Ports of Auckland Round the Bays 2020. Please help me help them by giving whatever you can using the 'Give Now' button. The more people that know about the Lifeline Foundation Charitable Trust, the greater their impact, so please also spread the word by sharing my page with your friends and family. Lifeline is not supported by Government Funding although it is doing such an indispensible job, and relies a great deal on funding from generous people like you. Thank you in advance for your generosity, it means a lot!
Together we can reduce distress and save lives!