Lifeline advances phone service to combat suicide


NEW SERVICE: Lifeline South East chief executive officer Eve Barratt is pleased to see another contact option being developed for those in crisis.                                                                          Picture: JOCELYN NICKELS

NEW SERVICE: Lifeline South East chief executive officer Eve Barratt is pleased to see another contact option being developed for those in crisis. Picture: JOCELYN NICKELS

TEXTING could be the new way to combat suicide throughout Australia with the release of a new Lifeline SMS service later this year.

Lifeline Australia in partnership with Social Ventures Australia has begun development on Australia's first SMS-based crisis support service Text4Good.

Funding of $2.5m for the service was announced last year by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull after Australia's suicide toll reached a decade high level with more than 3000 deaths in 2015.

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