TWELVE NSW Police highway patrol vehicles across the state will be branded with stickers to promote Lifeline's 13 HELP (13 43 57) number, as part of a new partnership between the police and Lifeline Australia.
Traffic and Highway Patrol Commander, Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy, said police have seen first-hand the impact these recent hard times have had on the community of NSW.
"As first responders, police know more than most about the devastating effects these bushfires have had on local communities." Assistant Commissioner Corboy said.
"We know that things may feel acutely overwhelming at times. We want to remind people when they are at crisis point that police and Lifeline are just two avenues to getting immediate help," he said.
Lifeline Chairman, Mr John Brogden, confirmed that since its February launch, the dedicated '13 HELP' (13 43 57) phoneline has received over 28,000 calls from bushfire affected communities and people affected by bushfires events who have sought assistance.
"We want this campaign to act as a preventative trigger when people may be struggling - and we want people to know that there is help at hand at that critical point," Mr Brogden said.
Police remind the community to always contact Triple Zero (000) if you need policing help in an emergency, or for non-urgent police assistance contact 131 444. Lifeline's 24-hour telephone crisis line is available on 13 11 14 or visit lifeline.org.au.
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