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Our Suicide Prevention Center needs your help to staff its 24/7 Crisis Line as a volunteer Crisis Counselor! This role is one of the most intensely rewarding ways to contribute to your community while helping to erase the stigma around suicide and mental health. Many of our volunteers are pursuing careers in the mental health field or considering a career change before applying to graduate school, while others are looking for something meaningful to do in their spare time. Some have been touched by suicide. Others just want to help people in crisis.
Due to the nature of our work, we encourage applicants who have experienced suicide firsthand or through a loved one to seek support first before applying.
Training Requirements: Our training is time-intensive in order to ensure that our volunteers are ready when they start on the Crisis Line. Trainees are expected to complete all of the following:
Trainees who successfully pass all training requirements will be offered a weekly 4-hour shift at our Century City site.The following are examples of shifts: 8:30AM-12:30PM, 10:30AM-2:30PM, 12:30PM-4:30PM, 2:30PM-6:30PM, 4:30PM-8:30PM, 6:30PM-10:30PM, 8:30PM-12:30AM. However, shift availability fluctuates based on the needs of the Crisis Line.
During the first 3 months of volunteering (called "apprenticeship"), Trainees are closely monitored on their shifts and given substantial support. Help is always available and at no time are Crisis Counselors left alone with a call/chat. Volunteers do not take calls/chats from anywhere outside of the Crisis Line room.
BBS Hours: The Suicide Prevention Center does not currently offer supervision for intern hours.
Application Process: To obtain more details and apply, click "I want to help!". We will send you application materials and begin the screening process, which includes an initial phone interview and in-person interview prior to acceptance into the training class. Please note that as this is a competitive volunteership with limited training space, we are unfortunately unable to accept every applicant.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
4760 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Culver City, CA 90230, US
Under the Didi Hirsch banner, the Suicide Prevention Center is part is dedicated to the preservation of life through intervention, education, and research.
We operate a 24-hour suicide prevention crisis line, educational programs and bereavement programs.
We'll work with your schedule.
Suicide Prevention Center10277 W Olympic Blvd.Century City, CA 90067
June 18, 2020