The Holidays can be a tough time for many people. It can exacerbate fragile emotional states and push some to the edge. Many people at the edge call Suicide Hotlines and get counseling and are helped in finding more long term support and treatment. The people on the phone at the hotlines are well trained volunteers and you can be one too.
The Suicide Prevention Center is a 24 hour crisis line based in Los Angeles County. “Founded in 1958 as the Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center, SPC is recognized as the first agency in the United States to specialize in community suicide prevention through its establishment of the groundbreaking 24-hour suicide prevention Crisis Line.” They need volunteers to staff the phone lines and have training sessions that start in January, May and September. Training sessions are seven Saturdays for 8 hours each day along with sessions at the phone centers for you to become trained on the phone system. After your training is complete, they ask for a one year commitment, four hours a week, at their West Los Angeles Phone Center. Please see the Volunteer Page for more information and to download an application.
The Suicide Prevention Line also needs volunteers to help with non crisis line areas: Fundraising, office work and helping with the 5k/10k race they have every year to help raise money and awareness.
Did you know that suicide the is the 11th leading cause of death in the US? I just learned that while researching this blog post. There is a suicide every 17 minutes. Consider volunteering to help save a life. You don’t have to decide now as the next training sessions are months away. But think about it.
BTW, the crisis line number is 877-727-4747 in case you or anyone you know might ever need it.