Australia’s only dedicated loss and grief helpline service is disappointed to miss out on critical funding in the 2018 Federal Budget.
Catherine Cini, CEO of GriefLine, said: “Early prevention and the long aftermath of crises is often overlooked by government and this is the case with the 2018 Federal Budget”.
“GriefLine was seeking just under $500,000 p.a. and we have been forgotten.”
GriefLine’s helpline is open 365 days a year from 12 noon to 3am. Each year we respond to 50,000 issues. Major issues covering one or more of: mental health, depression, bereavement, suicide, family relationships and family violence.
“Many of our calls are referrals from other organisations like LifeLine and Beyond Blue as well as the Police and emergency services,” Ms Cini added.
“GriefLine’s forte is early prevention. We prevent or work with people before they hit crises points and therefore need services such as Lifeline”.
The GriefLine helpline is staffed by highly trained volunteers with over 90% of the volunteers having professional allied health and nursing backgrounds.
GriefLine is Australia’s only dedicated loss and grief helpline service that provides counselling support services free of charge to individuals and families. These include: telephone support; online counselling; in-house one on one counselling; education and training and health support programs. Callers to the GriefLine Helplines have the opportunity to share their stories anonymously and confidentially with someone who will listen.