(Australian Associated Press)
Demand for crisis support has reached record levels in Australia with Lifeline receiving more than one million requests for help last year.
In 2015, Lifeline received 977,503 calls – 831,849 of which were answered – and 44,470 online chat requests.
Lifeline chief executive Pete Shmigel said on Wednesday the crisis support service was aiming to secure funds to create a complementary text-based service that could be used to check in on people following a suicide attempt.
* For support and information about suicide prevention, call Lifeline on 13 11 14