August Awareness Bracelet | Supporting Lifeline | Francesca

August’s Awareness Bracelet

 

At Francesca, we are passionate about mental health and believe that respectful and compassionate support in times of emotional distress is paramount.

 

We are proud to be supporting Lifeline through this month’s Awareness Bracelet. Lifeline has been instrumental in helping Australians throughout the current public health crisis, that’s why we believe in assisting them in their mission to advocate for equal opportunities for mental wellbeing.

 

For each Awareness Bracelet purchased, we are donating $20 to Lifeline. Funds raised will support the training of new Crisis Support Volunteers to meet the increasing demands of their crisis support service since the outbreak of COVID-19.

 

The Harrowing Statistics

 

In 2018, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) highlighted in their Causes of Death Report that 3,046 Australians ended their own life.

 

Suicide remains the leading cause of death for Australians aged 15–44. 

 

Young Australians are more likely to take their own life than die in motor vehicle accidents.

 

How Lifeline Can Help

 

Lifeline is a charity that exists to ensure that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone, believing that every life is equally important.

 

Through advocacy, education and providing important opportunities for connection, Lifeline is committed to empowering Australians with a safe space to discuss needs, worries or concerns.  

 

They are available 24 hours a day via 13 11 14, to listen without judgement to any person in Australia who is feeling overwhelmed, experiencing crisis or longing to be heard.

 

The 13 11 14 service now answers over 3,000 calls each day – about 1 every 30 seconds.

 

Approximately 125 callers each day are considering suicide ‘now or in the future’. Lifeline’s Crisis Support Volunteers work with these callers to make a plan and keep them safe.


Participants have shared their personal lived stories openly and courageously to offer hope and inspiration to others, find out more about Lifeline’s ‘Holding Onto Hope’ podcast here.

 

 

Crisis Support Volunteers

 

Currently, 4,000 volunteers help deliver life-saving support, answering more than one million calls each year.

 

Lifeline’s Crisis Support Volunteers undergo more than 170 hours of training before they can become accredited. They complete a rigorous process including e-learning, workshops, role-playing, supervised shifts and assessments over a 12-month period.

 

It costs more than $3,000 to train each new Crisis Support Volunteer.

 

 

With your help, we can support the training of new Crisis Support Volunteers and assist in ensuring that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.

 

Share your bracelet on social media and together, we can keep #STRETCHINGAWARENESS

 

For more information on the amazing services and support of Lifeline, head to their website.  

 

Most importantly, if you or anyone you know is experiencing emotional distress, please reach out to someone you trust and/or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 for 24/7 Crisis Support.