From Simon Welcome to the Spring edition of Unite.

I’m excited to share with you how your continued support is helping South Australians overcome adversity.

Because of your generous donations to our latest appeal, we’ve been able to continue to train 35 more volunteer Lifeline Crisis Supporters, to help members of our community when they need it the most. This makes such a difference to our ability to support people in times of crisis.

It’s our pleasure to share the stories of Stuart, who has recently completed the Lifeline training, and Nicky, a former client who is now giving back to the community in a unique and innovative way. We also tell you about Clare and Hannah’s story as part of the Take Five program.

I hope you enjoy getting to know the resilient and courageous people you’re helping. No matter what their challenges, thanks to the kindness of people like you, they are able to find the strength and support to improve their lives.

Thanks to the generosity of people like you, nine Crisis Supporters recent

Lives will be saved thanks to your support!

That’s right. Thanks to the incredible generosity of people who donated to our tax time appeal, we were able to reach our goal of raising over $80,500 to train 35 more Crisis Supporters!

In our recent appeal, we reached out to our supporters to ensure that volunteers could be trained so that Lifeline calls don’t go unanswered.

Sadly, eight Australians lose their life to suicide every day, and there are over 46,000 calls and online messages to our Lifeline centre each year. Training one volunteer costs more than $2,300, and with limited government funding, it’s only possible to train new Lifeline Crisis Supporters thanks to the donations we receive.

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Cover: Ruby’s basketball team, United, is one of the many ways clients stay involved in the program.

By meeting our fundraising target to train more Crisis Supporters, people like Stuart, are able to learn the important skills taught in the 12-month-long Lifeline Crisis Supporter training. These skills help them to communicate effectively under immense pressure with those who are struggling.

‘I knew someone who works for Lifeline, and the ability to help people seemed quite appealing. It filled a gap for me personally, as I wanted to do something in my life to help the community, and I wasn’t getting that from my day job.’

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