CSBP Fertilisers announces a new community partnership with Lifeline WA to invest in the training of telephone crisis supporters.Lifeline WA provides people experiencing a personal crisis with access to online, phone and face-to-face crisis support and suicide prevention services.
According to Lifeline WA, one person dies to suicide every day in Western Australia and those in regional areas are at a much greater risk. Limited access to mental health services, increased travel times to get help and a stigma around mental illness in many smaller communities contribute to the higher rates.
CSBP Fertilisers General Manager Tanya Rybarczyk, said that the partnership aligns with CSBP’s core values and addressed a deeply concerning trend in regional communities.
“CSBP Fertilisers is committed to investing in our regional communities and we wanted to band together to create a stronger network of support for those experiencing a personal crisis or supporting their loved ones.
“For many people living in regional WA, a call to Lifeline may be the only option that they have due to lack of services or anonymity and we feel that no call should go unanswered,” said Tanya.
Lifeline’s telephone crisis support is answered by volunteers. These volunteers undergo over 170 hours of training and mentoring before they are accredited to become crisis support volunteers.
Lifeline WA CEO Lorna MacGregor, said the partnership with CSBP Fertilisers will provide much needed crisis support volunteers.
“We currently have 178 telephone crisis supporters in Western Australia, but need to double this number to answer every call that comes in from the 46,000 Western Australians who call Lifeline WA every year,” said Lorna.
‘Working Together to Prevent Suicide’ is the theme of today’s World Suicide Prevention Day highlighting the importance of collaboration in suicide prevention. Together, through this corporate partnership, CSBP and Lifeline WA can help more regional Western Australians in need.
About Lifeline WA
Lifeline WA is the leading provider of suicide prevention and crisis support services in Western Australia. Lifeline WA delivers the 13 11 14 service, a nationally-routed crisis support number, available to all Western Australians 24 hours a day, every day of the year.