Wesley LifeForce provides suicide prevention services that educate and empower local communities, supporting people most at risk. Established in 1995, Wesley LifeForce began as a response to the growing number of suicides in Australia.
We take a comprehensive approach to tackling suicide by working across the areas of prevention, intervention and postvention.
- support and resources to community networks helping to prevent suicide
- training in how to address mental health in the workplace
- suicide prevention training workshops for community members and healthcare professionals
- Lifeline telephone crisis support
- postvention memorial services for those suffering the loss of a loved one.
A history of support
Rev Dr Sir Alan Walker, the former Superintendent/CEO of Wesley Mission, aimed to give Australians at risk of suicide a lifeline at their most desperate moment, which led to the founding of Lifeline in 1963 by Wesley Mission. Today we continue to operate Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland.
Wesley LifeForce was established in 1995 by Rev Bob Dunlop, a former Minister of Wesley Mission, in response to the growing number of youth suicides in Australia.
More than 33,000 people have participated in Wesley LifeForce Suicide Prevention training since 2002. In 2016/17, Wesley LifeForce supported over 75 member and affiliate suicide prevention networks throughout Australia and Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland has answered 29,154 crisis calls since July 2016.
Wesley LifeForce was commended by the Mental Health Association NSW at the 2013 Mental Health Matters Awards for Excellence in Service or Program Delivery.
By partnering with local communities, we provide community suicide prevention workshops that equip individuals to help people at risk of suicide and establish and support suicide prevention networks across the country raise awareness of suicide in their local community. We take a comprehensive approach to tackling suicide by working across the areas of prevention, intervention and postvention.
It's an approach that is championed under the Living Is For Everyone (LIFE) Framework, Australia’s national framework for suicide prevention, which states that ’suicide prevention is a shared responsibility across the community including families and friends, professional groups, government and non-government agencies.