About us

Our focus is Suicide Prevention and Crisis Support

Our overarching mission is to live in a world where access to quality suicide prevention support is available, accepted and encouraged.

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We believe that through collaboration and shared purpose, we can work towards our vision of a world without suicide.

We work in collaboration with people with lived experience, our Member organisations, governments and suicide prevention organisations to develop policy, advocacy, programs and events to promote and improve access to quality suicide prevention services across the world.

Our key focus areas are:

Promoting, organising and conducting conventions, conferences, meetings and educational programmes aimed at promoting the objectives of LifeLine International and our Members.

Capturing, sharing and disseminating knowledge and learnings drawn from LifeLine International members, partners and our wider network.

Facilitating member access to knowledge through resources, issues focused training, links to subject matter experts and through communities of practice.

Encourage and lead global public discourse on suicide prevention as a global public health priority. Create a high level of public awareness of and support for LifeLine International and our Members. Be widely known as an authoritative and influential voice on suicide prevention across the world.

LifeLine International seeks opportunities to diversify and grow our income to ensure that we have the capacity to deliver our strategic plan and empower our Members to deliver sustainable services.

Partners and Supporters

LifeLine International partners with many outstanding organisations doing important work in suicide prevention as well as supporters that enable LifeLine International to achieve its purpose.


LifeLine International (ABN 12639930206) is governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with our Constitution.

Members of our Board are passionate advocates for suicide prevention across the world and bring a wealth of insights and lived experience to their role.

The Board and CEO are responsible for the stewardship and future well-being of LifeLine International and bears ultimate responsibility for the organisation achieving the purpose for which it exists.

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John Brogden, President

John Brogden is a global leader in suicide prevention and crisis help lines. His passion for mental illness stems from his own breakdown that marked a turning point in his life and reframed the discussion around depression, particularly in the corporate world.

As one of Australia’s leading politicians and now a business leader, John Brogden is living proof that even from the darkest places, there can be a way back. John’s career in politics started when he became a Member of the State Parliament of New South Wales, Australia, in 1996. In 2002, he was elected Leader of the Opposition on his 33rd birthday – the youngest person ever to lead a major political party in Australia.

John lives with depression and suicidal ideation and experienced a suicide attempt in 2005 whilst in public office. Thanks to his profile, John has changed the way we talk about suicide and in turn, is helping thousands of individuals through his involvement with LifeLine Australia, where he is the Patron after being Chairman from 2012 to 2021. He has been President of LifeLine International since 2021.

Having worked as the Chair and CEO for a number of organisations, John is now the Chair of AusPayNet, a Trustee of Colonial First State and the Patron of Sailability Pittwater, Bilgola Surf Lifesaving Club, Avalon Beach Surf Lifesaving Club and Kookaburra Kids.

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Thili Perera, CEO

Thili Perera was appointed as CEO of LifeLine International in July 2021. Previously, Thili also held senior executive roles at LifeLine Australia – Australia’s preeminent suicide prevention helpline.

Her work concentrates on collaborating with a range of stakeholders across the world to reduce stigma, increase understanding that suicides are preventable and ensure that suicide prevention is a key priority on the global public health agenda.

Thili is a qualified corporate governance professional and a legal practitioner of the Australian Capital Territory Supreme Court. Thili also chairs the Board of CarersACT – a not-for-profit organisation that focuses on supporting, connecting and empowering carers to maintain their caring role and personal wellbeing.

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LifeLine International is committed to the highest standards of legal and ethical behaviour in pursuing our mission to save lives. To this end, our Code of Conduct and Ethical Guidelines Policy specifies the standard of behaviour required of all LifeLine International staff, contractors, volunteers and Board of Directors.