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Lifeline to merge with Presbyterian Support Northern

December 16, 2016 at 10:49 AM

*From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse*

Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) has committed 18 months of operational support to Lifeline, in a merger announced last week.

Dr Rod Watts, PSN’s Chief Executive, said ”PSN is making an investment in Lifeline to continue its services and to explore options in the New Year for further development. The financial situation is a big challenge, and we are optimistic about finding a long term solution. We will need support from New Zealanders as a key part of this solution.”

Glenda Schnell, Executive Director of Lifeline said “It will still be the same number – 0800 Lifeline (0800 543 354) – and the same mix of extensively trained clinical experts and volunteers. It will continue as a distinct and unique service.”

Lifeline lost government funding contracts this year and reported in June they only had funding to last for 12 months.

Lifeline’s helplines answer up to 18,000 calls per month on a raft of issues including suicidal thoughts, loneliness, family violence, financial concerns, homelessness, bullying, relationship issues, and mental health.

Earlier in 2016, domestic abuse agency Shine merged with Presbyterian Support Northern.

Selected media

Counselling service Lifeline receives a lifeline, NewsHub, 02.12.2016

Lifeline to merge with Presbyterian Support Northern, continue for 18 months, Stuff, 02.12.2016

New Zealand's leading 24/7 helpline, Lifeline Aotearoa, has been saved by one of the country's leading health and social service organisations, One News, 02.12.2016

Category: Service