Ben & his wife Jodie
Though he didn’t know it when he called Lifeline, Ben was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety, caused by his previous military career. As he explained, “I saw the worst of humanity, and the horrors that humans are capable of inflicting on themselves.”
Ben endured a continuous cycle over ten years where he’d feel positive for a while, but then it would slowly change.
One Sunday, a minor argument flipped a switch. He stormed out of the house.
“I rang Lifeline and said, ‘I’m not really sure why I’m calling’. She said, ‘That’s alright. That’s normally how the conversation begins.’
“I burst into tears. That call set into place a course of events that ended up saving my life.”
Thanks to your support, Ben’s call was pivotal. We know talking to people when they’re at crisis point saves lives.
Ben knows how close he came to taking his own life. After time in hospital, Ben achieved his goal of coming home for Christmas, and can’t believe how strong his wife Jodie has been.
He also knows that every call answered by Lifeline can save a life.
“ Reach out. Start the conversation. You never know what you’ll discover. And if it can help you and your family, then isn’t that a good thing?”
Ben and Jodie are so thankful for your incredible support.
Ben credits his call to Lifeline as saving his life.
Thank you for the support you have given Ben, his family and so many others who call Lifeline every day. It has an enormous impact.
Lifeline is grateful to all our interviewees who share their stories to inspire others.
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