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About the Toby Fund

Toby Lee Smith was born in Newcastle in 1970. He was a caring, giving, kind passionate person as well as a talented musician and graphic designer. He was much loved by his family and friends.

For reasons unknown, Toby took his own life in 2005. The devastating effect of his suicide on his family and friends has left them grieving and wondering why he did not speak to someone before taking such a final step.

Lifeline Hunter Central Coast, with the blessing of Toby's family have established the Toby Fund to inform and educate the community about suicide.

Education Helps Break the Cycle

Lifeline takes seriously the need to educate our volunteer Telephone Crisis Supporters, Personal Counsellors and the community in general about what we can do to identify a person at risk of suicide.

Our suicide prevention training educates participants to reach out and offer support to people who are at risk of suicide and offer hope at this difficult time. Subsequently they can refer people at risk to the Life Matters program at Lifeline and/or link them with other community services.

How we do this:

  • We provide specialist training in suicide intervention to 90-100 new Telephone Crisis Supporters every year
  • We send staff and volunteers away to become specialist suicide intervention trainers
  • We offer suicide prevention training including safeTALK and ASIST to community members, organisations and local businesses

We thank Toby's family for sharing their beloved son, brother, cousin, nephew and grandson with us.

How you can help

Donations or funds raised for the Toby Fund are used in three ways:

  • Suicide prevention manuals for the Telephone Crisis Support training course are paid for by the Toby Fund.
  • On-going training and expansion of the number of facilitators who educate the community about Suicide Intervention and Prevention
  • Cover the cost for Lifeline to train a new Telephone Crisis Supporter $4200 per year (for 2 years).

You may...

  • Donate directly to the Toby Fund.
  • Sponsor a Telephone Crisis Supporter for $4200.00 a year (Trainees sign for a minimum 2 year service)
  • Arrange a direct Debit from your account to Lifeline call 4940 2000.
  • Leave a bequest to Lifeline Newcastle and Hunter for suicide prevention.
  • Call or email us today for more information. To donate online go to lifelinehunter.org.au/support-us/donate
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."