Lifeline was founded in March, 1963 by the late Reverend Dr. Sir Alan Walker, OBE (4 June 1911 – 29 January 2003), a Methodist minister, after he took a telephone call from a distressed man who later took his own life.
Determined not to let isolation and lack of support be the cause of more deaths, Sir Alan launched a 24-hour crisis support line. With this realisation and vision he established the telephone counselling service, Lifeline. This service (13 11 14) now answers around 1,800 calls each day, with around 50 calls from people at high risk of suicide.
There were 12,088 calls answered over the four days of Easter this year.
Nearly sixty years later Lifeline has a mantle of care Australia-wide and through some of the world’s largest cities and in many countries through Lifeline International.
As a result, millions of men and women around the world have received support and hope in times of loneliness, isolation and need.
Lifeline North Coast, (LLNC), based in Coffs Harbour, continues this and other services, in an area from Yamba to Nambucca Heads and west to the Tablelands.
It operates under the auspices of the Uniting Church of NSW/ACT.