by A Alex Zotov
Ended on July 21st 2019
My name is Alex Zotov and I am seeking your help to become a volunteer for LifeLine. Lifeline is a non-profit organisation which provides free, 24-hour Telephone Crisis Support service in Australia. Volunteer Crisis Supporters provide suicide prevention services, mental health support, and emotional assistance, not only via telephone but face-to-face and online.
I’ve lost two of my friends to suicide and unfortunately, there was nothing I could do to provide professional support at the time when they needed it the most. The fact is, their decision to take their own lives was a huge shock to their family and all of their friends because no one even suspected what they had on their minds. It’s only after the fact, you realise that there were some signs which someone could have picked up on.
You can not change your past, however, you can learn from it, which is why I’ve gone ahead and did the ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop, run by Livingworks in collaboration with LifeLine. The ASIST workship is practical training on recognising suicidal behavior and supporting people via a well structured framework called PAL (Pathway for Assisting Life). Check out my short video at the top of the page to get more understanding of what it is.
The ASIST workshop is just one of 8 modules, which I need to take in order to become a volunteer for LifeLine. The complete CSWT (Crisis Support Workplace Training) course runs for 12 months and includes theoretical knowledge and practical skills to be somewhat confident in providing professional support to people who are seeing help during the darkest moments of their lives (obviously you can never be 100% ready for it as every person is different). To get more detailed information about the course, please follow the link below:
The fee to undertake CSWT course at LifeLine Syndey CBD office is $1150 and the payment is required before the Module 1 starts, which is 31st of August 2019.
I would really appreciate your financial support to help me become a LifeLine volunteer so that I could start supporting people with suicidal thoughts and helping them to recognise other options they could take to battle with their depressions.
Some relevant data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics:
– Over 65,000 Australians make a suicide attempt- More than 3,000 Australians died by suicide in 2017
– Suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians between 15 and 44 years of age
– Young Australians are more likely to take their own life than die in motor vehicle accidents
– In 2017, about 75% of people who died by suicide were males and 25% were females
– In 2017, the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was approximately twice that of non-Indigenous Australians
If you have any questions, please feel free to send me a message either via:
I will be updating my Instagram and Facebook accounts to show my progress on the way to becoming a LifeLine volunteer and I’m always happy to chat online. Your support will give me the accountability to keep studying the course and applying my skills further during the volunteering stage, so I would appreciate if you connect with me either via Instagram or Facebook and check up on me every once in a while. I hope my updates inspire you to either become a volunteer for LifeLine or at least to participate in the ASIST workshop and become more aware of the suicide prevention techniques and basic framework to support a person in need.
Thank you & hope to chat soon!
Hope you are well! And I really mean it =)
You are awesome! I can't even describe how much your support means to me. It's something special and very close to my heart. I am truly grateful to have people like you helping me on the way to become a LifeLine volunteer.
I have recently received below email from LifeLine regarding my application:
Thank you for the time you have committed to completing the Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland Crisis Supporter Workplace Training Application.
As we have a limited number of places available we are not able to offer a place to every applicant.
We have completed our evaluation process and have identified Applicants for Selection Interviews, unfortunately in this instance your Application has been unsuccessful and you have not been selected for an interview.
Due to the large volume of Applications we have received we are unable to discuss the outcome of your Application further.
We appreciate your interest in volunteering and contributing to the community and hope you can pursue these endeavours in other ways.
I know that this outcome is not what I was hoping for, however, I believe that everything happens for a reason. Working for LifeLine brings a wave of mental and emotional challenges, so perhaps I'm not ready for it yet. I'm glad that LifeLine has such a strong commitment to making sure their applicants are ready for what's to come. I'm also glad that they have received an overwhelming number of applications, which means more and more people are willing to educate themselves about suicidal behavior, root causes and methods of support of such a person. Hope you do too take the opportunity of one of the free workshops provided by LifeLine, which are designed to create awareness about the issue.
I have asked the management of ReadyFungGo to close my Campaign and refund all the supporters. It may take a few days but soon enough you should see the funds you supported me with coming back to your bank accounts. Please do let me know if there are any issues or if you don't see a refund within the next week and I'll track it down for you.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you all again and wish you all the best! Look after yourselves and stay just as awesome as you are by supporting others to the best of your ability!
Love you all