On August 3rd, Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney recorded over 3,345 calls – the highest daily number in the organisation’s history.
Recent lockdowns have seen a significant increase in demand for Lifeline’s range of services including 24/7 Crisis Support Telephone Line to support those experiencing distress and anxiety as well as Financial Counselling services offering professional and confidential services advocating for clients experiencing financial difficulties.
Wests Group Macarthur has now offered $20,000 to Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney to help deliver this much needed crisis support within the Macarthur region in the coming months.
“Part of the Wests community mission is to recognise where the key challenges lie in the community and work hard to support partners, like Lifeline Macarthur that can really make a difference,” says Wests Group Macarthur Chairman Alan Buxton.
Together Wests and Lifeline hope that by making further services available that the risk of suicide incidence and ideation is reduced, and the overall health and wellbeing of the community is improved.
Lifeline Macarthur and Western Sydney CEO, Brad Hannagan, feels that from bushfires and floods, to the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has never had it so tough.
“Demand for Lifeline’s services is the highest it has been in our 57 year history and we remain particularly grateful to community partners like the Wests Group Macarthur for their unwavering support,” Mr Hannagan says.
More information about Wests Group Macarthur’s community support can be found at www.westslc.com.au .