Commonwealth Bank has delivered much needed funds to Lifeline to support their amazing work in helping Australians who need mental health support.
Speaking about the bank’s $500,000 donation, CBA’s Chief Executive Officer Matt Comyn said: “It’s important that we acknowledge the huge contribution organisations like Lifeline make in providing care and assistance to people and communities when they need it most. We hope this contribution will allow Lifeline to support even more people when they reach out for help.”
Lifeline Australia Chairman John Brogden said demand for the organisation’s services had increased significantly since the start of the year.
“Demand for Lifeline has smashed records this year and we’re on track to take more than 1.2 million calls by the end of the year.
“Just 2 years ago we were averaging under 2,500 calls a day, today we are regularly seeing more than 3,500 – a 40 per cent increase.
“The good news is that with the support of partners like Commonwealth Bank, we’re answering more calls than ever before.
“Australians are reaching out for help and they are getting it, supported by generous donations like this.”
Mr Brogden went onto say CBA’s donation came a very critical time for Lifeline, with the current health pandemic and associated lockdown restrictions likely to leave a long tail of trauma in the community.
Mr Comyn said it was clear the implications of COVID were more far reaching than a person’s physical health.
"As many Australians continue to face a variety of personal challenges during these difficult times, we know that this is not just a physical health pandemic.
“The impact on peoples’ mental health has been significant and should not be underestimated.”
If you or someone you know are feeling overwhelmed, call Lifeline today and speak to a Crisis Supporter on 13 11 14 (24 hours/7 days).
Lifeline is Australia’s leading suicide prevention service, operating across 40 centres around the nation.