Lifeline to merge with Presbyterian Support Northern
Mon 12 Dec 2016
Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) has committed 18 months of operational support to Lifeline, in a merger announced last week. Dr Rod Watts, ...
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.