Perth-based ISP, iiNet, is giving its customers free phone calls to mental health services.
According to a statement from the company, iiNet customers can make free phone calls to Lifeline, Kids Helpline, BeyondBlue, Mensline Australia, Suicide Callback Service, SANE Helpline, The Samaritans and Crisis Care.
All home phone customers will have access to the service automatically.
While some of the eight services have toll-free numbers supported by all Australian telcos over land lines, others will cost users standard call fees.
iiNet CEO, Michael Malone, said the initial call for the free phone call service came over Twitter from a follower. He called for other telco companies to follow suit.
The move comes as crisis hotline organisations launch ‘super complaints’ against mobile phone carriers, who they accuse of price gouging. While calls to mental health services are often provided free of charge on land lines, mobile calls to the same number often charge users almost $1 per minute.
In other news, a team of iiNet employees and friends were able to raise more than $100,000 for Lifeline Australia through a climbing expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.
The group hit the summit of the African mountain on October 30 after a five-day trek.