Sarah a lifeline to those in crisis

Lifeline crisis supporter Sarah is also a prison officer.  Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au   d446654
Lifeline crisis supporter Sarah is also a prison officer. Picture: Matt Jelonek        www.communitypix.com.au d446654

SOUTHEASTERN suburbs resident Sarah spends her life dealing with people on the edge.

Her day job is working as a prison officer, while she also volunteers her time at Lifeline talking on the phones to people who may be about to commit suicide.

She started working with Lifeline 15 months ago and said it had already helped her attain life skills.

“More often than not they decided during the call they don’t want to take their lives,” she said.

“You get a lot people who have crisis in life and it can be anything from losing a pet, a parent, can’t pay a bill and don’t know where to turn.”

One of the things Lifeline has done for Sarah was help her deal with the issues in her day job.

“Being a prison officer is very challenging and the skills and tools learnt at Lifeline help me deal with situations a lot better,” she said.

“There are a lot of mentally ill people in prison and those skills have helped that as well.”

She said one of the similarities between the two jobs was working with mentally ill people.

Lifeline is currently trying to raise money to fund more crisis support volunteers. Sarah has also been rewarded with an Excellence in Service Award for her work with Lifeline for demonstrating deep commitments to ensuring excellence in the past 12 months.

According to Lifeline, about 200 suicides are attempted every day in Australia.

It costs $3000 to educate and train a fully accredited Lifeline crisis support volunteer who will need to answer calls from people in crisis or at risk of suicide.

People can register their Christmas lights to Lifeline at www. lights.com.au.

For support during this festive season, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.