Lifeline available for locals in lockdown

By David Rak

Lifeline is encouraging Mitchell Shire residents to not suffer in silence, as calls from Victoria spike 22 per cent in new lockdown.

Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden made a plea to Victorians to reach out to Lifeline to speak to a crisis supporter as the pressures of the second COVID-19 lockdown effect people’s mental health.

“Australians have already been turning to Lifeline in record numbers since the COVID-19 outbreak began in March. 

“Each month since March we have been receiving almost 90,000 calls, that’s a call every 30 seconds. 

 “So, this 22 per cent spike in Victoria is a significant sign that the new lockdown measures are taking a toll on the mental health of Victorians.”

Mr Brogden said it’s critical that people understand they can access services like Lifeline if and when they need to.

“We want people to know they can call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time of the day or night or text us between 6pm and midnight every night on 0477 13 11 14.”

“Lifeline has been working with the Victorian Department of Health to ensure the community is aware that Lifeline’s services are available to them 24 hours a day.

 “Our thoughts are with the people of Victoria. Lockdown means many of the important opportunities for people to connect with each other and do things they enjoy are being stopped.

“For someone who is already struggling, this can be a huge blow. The lockdown will also affect people who may have never experienced mental health issues before in their lives.

“We are asking people to look out for those who may struggle through isolation, especially if they live on their own. 

“If you can’t knock on their door, be imaginative in how you can connect- give someone a call, write them an email, put a note under their door. 

“By reaching out to someone who may be struggling and letting them know you care, you can send a really powerful message of hope.”

To contact Lifeline, call 13 11 14 (24 hours) or text 0477 13 11 14 (6pm to midnight).