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Vision Australia Radio brings hope during COVID-19

23 April 2020

In a new partnership with Lifeline Australia, Vision Australia Radio (VAR) is airing episodes of the podcast series Holding on to Hope across its radio network.

Vision Australia Radio logo and Lifeline logo, Saving lifes. Young woman listening to headphones


Holding onto Hope shares the stories of people who have come through the darkness of suicidality and the connection that gave them hope to continue living.

The series aims to help people who are experiencing depression or anxiety and also those who might be supporting someone, such as a loved one or a friend, in similar circumstances.

Those featured discuss a range of lived experiences including coming-out, gender transitioning, surviving bushfires and tackling depression.

“As a reading print radio service, it is our job to present news and current affairs to our listening audience daily. People turn to radio in times of need and what we are experiencing currently as the COVID-19 pandemic unfolds is no exception to this rule” said Vision Australia Radio Manager, Conrad Browne.

“Although news around Coronavirus is essential for us to present, too much of this content can take its toll to both presenters and listeners. The series reminds people that there is hope even in times of disaster and challenge.”

VAR will be airing episodes of the podcast in its services in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, regional Victoria, Albury and Darwin.

Holding on to Hope airs 6pm Tuesdays across Victoria and Perth, and on Vision Australia Radio Adelaide Wednesday 3pm and Sunday 10pm.

Lifeline Australia and Vision Australia Radio are grateful to all Holding on to Hope participants for choosing to share their personal lived experience openly and courageously in order to offer hope and inspiration to others.

Please note that suicidality and its contributing factors are discussed in this series and may have a triggering effect. If you experience emotional distress as a result of listening, please reach out to someone you trust and/or call Lifeline on 13 11 14 at any time.

If life is in danger, please call 000. Learn more about the podcast series and access the audio now by visiting the Lifeline website: