The first test call at Dubbo’s new Lifeline premises was a suicide intervention.

Lifeline Central West director Alex Ferguson. Photo: File.
Lifeline Central West director Alex Ferguson. Photo: File.

The first test call at Dubbo’s new Lifeline Central West premises was a suicide intervention, the organisation’s director has said.

“It really gets to the heart of what we do with the first test call a suicide intervention,” Lifeline Central West director Alex Ferguson said on Thursday morning, not long after the call.

“It makes your heart flutter a bit, but we do it everyday… it underscores why we’re here and what we do.”

While data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows just how many people have died from suicide, it doesn’t show how many lives Lifeline has saved.

Earlier this week it was reported that billionaire James Packer has resigned as a director of casinos operator Crown Resorts because he is suffering from "mental health issues".

“I think with James Packer it shows that it doesn’t matter where you are in the food chain mental health is an issue anywhere,” Mr Ferguson said.

“I congratulate him for putting his hand up...”

Mr Ferguson said mental health doesn’t discriminate.

If you or someone you know is experiencing difficulty please call Lifeline on 13 11 14.