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About Us

Lifeline provides crisis support and suicide prevention services across the Newcastle, Central Coast & Hunter region,
helping to save over 5000 lives a year.

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Lifeline was founded by the Reverend Alan Walker at Methodist Central Mission in Sydney in 1963. Since then, Lifeline services have been established around Australia and in many parts of the world.

Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter began in 1966 when Reverend John Chegwidden was awakened by a distressed telephone call from a man wanting to know if there was a Lifeline service operating in the region.

Lifeline Central Coast, began in Gosford in March 1981. It was formally opened at the Uniting Church Hall, Donnison Street, Gosford. The first call was taken at 1500 hr., officially at 377 Mann Street, Gosford. In 1986 Lifeline Central Coast moved to the current offices in Cary Street.

In 2013 Lifeline Newcastle & Hunter and Lifeline Central Coast amalgamated to cover a broader region and combine administrative services so that more money can go back in to the life saving services.

Over the years, Lifeline Hunter Central Coast has expanded its operations from the traditional telephone crisis support service to include a range of services to relieve the stress and pain of the people in our local community.

Our Mission:

To support the community and people experiencing difficulty through accessible, effective, counselling, education and referral services.

  • Connecting people with care
  • Run by the local community for the local community
  • A Voice of calm in crisis

Administration, Counselling, Crisis Support and Training
Executive Director, Lifeline Direct
Robert Sams
David Hubbard
GM 131114
Niall Mulligan
GM , Community & Engagement
Dr June Anderson
Manager PR, Marketing & Fundraising
Emma Askew
Telephone Crisis Support Manager
Annette Cain & David Hart
TCS Coordinator of Training & Supervision
Debbie Durrant
GM, People & Culture
Melissa Sams
GM Revenue, fundraising & Communication
Julie Wicks
Keira Hancock & Michelle Kenny
Manager Business Development & Innovation
Jason Fox
Event and Fundraising Coordinator
Katie Allen
Telephone Crisis Support Coordinator
Fiona Pennington & Kylie Cohen
Practice Manager - Face to Face Counselling
Susie Smith
Counselling Supervisor
Darren Garriga
Retail Operations
Manager Retail Operations
Sharon Sawyer

Woy Woy Shop Manager -
Katrina Rufford
Cardiff Shop Manager -
Kyle Fields
Nelson Bay -
Wyoming Shop Manager -
Kat Lavictoire
Lifeline Central Shop Manager
Raymond Terrace Shop Manager –
Shiralee Tilling
Wyong Shop Manager -
Hamilton North Shop Manager -
Norma Argueta
Toronto Shop Manager -
Maitland Shop Manager -
Tracey Scobie
Wallsend Shop Manager -
Bronwyn Strictland
Help us Help Those in Need

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast is 55% self-funded and your support is vital in helping us continue to offer crisis support, counselling, and suicide prevention programs within our region.

Your Donation Will Help Us Save Over 5000 Lives A Year.

Client / Participant Testimonials

  • Brian

    "You really did save my life tonight. I was very very close to doing something silly."

  • David

    "I thought no one could help me and I felt so desperate,
    but talking to someone was the first step to getting my life back."

  • Ian

    "The perspective offered in my lowest moments,
    gave me the strength to continue at moments when I could otherwise have given up."

  • Jenna

    "I never knew it would bring so much relief to talk to someone who cared"
  • John

    "Thank you for that information and thank you for talking to me.
    I actually feel a bit better getting it out of my system and saying how I really feel."
  • Kathy

    "I want to compliment Lifeline for the professional and caring approach. I was very impressed with the service I received yesterday.
    I'd also like to say that many years ago Lifeline literally saved my life when I was in a very dark place. Thank you."
  • Katie

    "Thanks heaps for your help, I feel calmer and a lot less like harming myself now."
  • Matt

    "I even feel better typing to you tonight - I feel like I have taken some action.
    I was a bit scared of calling; but find online chatting less scary. What a great idea."
  • Renee

    "Thank you for having such wonderful people taking time to help others."