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Community Engagement

Lifeline Community Custodians

The AIS has partnered with Lifeline to deliver the Lifeline Community Custodian program and help raise awareness of mental illness.

More than 3000 Australians take their own life each year.

Now in its second year, the partnership between Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and Lifeline Australia will help deliver the impactful community engagement program, with athletes stepping up to help increase awareness around suicide prevention and encourage anyone who needs support to reach out and ask for help.

22 elite athletes and para-athletes from a range of National Sporting Organisations and the National Institute Network have been selected as Lifeline Community Custodians.

Many of the Lifeline Community Custodians have lived experience with mental illness and they are all passionate about giving back to the community and helping Lifeline reduce the rate of suicide in Australia.

The athletes will share their own personal stories and get involved in community events supported by Lifeline around the country.

The immediate focus for this year’s Custodian cohort will be lending their voices to Lifeline’s first ever National Emergency Appeal which is in direct response to the impact of COVID-19. The campaign ‘You’ve got 30 seconds to save a life’ is  aiming to raise $5million to fill the funding gap caused by cancellation of key fundraising events, storefront closures and an increasing demand for services.

Australians are turning to Lifeline in greater numbers than ever before, with the organisation receiving almost 90,000 calls for help in March alone, the most in their 57-year history.

If you are experiencing a difficult time please reach out, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. You are not alone.

Elite athletes can contact the Mental Health Referral Network.

For more information about the Lifeline Community Custodian Program, contact the team at

Connecting with our custodians

During Mental Health Month 2020 (October), some of our Lifeline Custodians opened up about mental health and their personal experiences.

Nathan Katz - Lifeline Custodian and Olympic Judo Athlete

Louise Ellery - Lifeline Custodian and Paralymlpic Shot putter

Rachael Lynch - Lifeline Custodian and Hockeyroos goalkeeper

Josh Di Nucci - Lifeline Custodian and Artistic gymnast


Following an expression of interest process, these athletes were selected as Lifeline Community Custodians. They are a passionate group of athletes, keen to share their stories and give back to their community.

Trigger warning: Some athletes' biographies contain mention of suicide, drug use and other themes some readers may find distressing.

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