Adam was an intelligent young man with a keen sense of social justice.
He was also a prolific writer and would spend hours journaling his thoughts and writing letters to family and friends.
Often Adam used writing in an attempt to make sense of his inner turmoil.
Had he been a 20-year-old young man living in Australia today, he may have sought help via Lifeline Text.
We’ll never know. Adam took his own life in November 1988, long before widespread mobile phone usage.
But Tara believes that a service such as Lifeline’s Text Crisis Support could have made all the difference to her brother in his moment of need.
“I can absolutely picture him in his room in that moment of crisis in the middle of the night. If he had just had his phone there and been able to go, ‘I need help’ that would’ve been the connection that he needed at that time. To hear that somebody cared.”
Currently, Lifeline Text is only operational between midday and midnight, AEST. That means that if someone is experiencing a crisis and reaches out via Lifeline Text at 1:30am, they’re not able to receive text support and are instead directed to call Lifeline.
The only barrier we have in taking the next step in extending the hours of Lifeline Text to 10am—4am is funding.
- $50 helps answer one person's request for text crisis support during their moment of need.
- $100 helps provide an Internet connection for remote Text Crisis Supporters.
- $200 helps pay for the training and placement of one Text Crisis Supporter through the 18-week course
Offering multiple modalities of support—phone, chat and text—is vital if we are to save the lives of people like Adam and prevent devastating grief of each family and community impacted by suicide.
Please, make a donation and help us close some of the holes in our community safety net.
Every suicide is one suicide too many.
If you or someone you know needs crisis support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 (available 24/7), visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp or reach out to us via our text service on 0477 13 11 14 between 12pm - 12am AEST. We’re here for you.