Would you recommend Crisis Text Line?
Crisis Text Line is such an amazing org to be a part of. It feels so fantastic to be able to make an impact on so many lives (and I can do it from my couch)! The training and support I received from Crisis Text Line has been like no other org I've volunteered or work for. I've learned a ton, and have met so many great people in the large community of employees as well as volunteers from all over the country. It's been a great thing to put on my resume, and LinkedIN to boot! Don't hesitate! Apply to be a CC today!!!
It's an amazing opportunity to help people who need it most. The training is thorough and they really look after you as a volunteer and they care about you as a person. Being a CTL Volunteer has shaped my outlook on life in such a positive way. I would recommend it to anyone and everyone!
I have been volunteering with Crisis Text Line for six months and it is one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had! People text in seeking support while they are going through a wide variety of stressors. We are there to listen with compassion and discuss coping skills and other resources that will help the texter. The 34 hours of training that you receive prior to going "live" equips you with what you need to feel confident talking with people about their struggles. Even so, if you're not sure how to handle a conversation, there are plenty of other counselors online to offer advice and suggestions as well as a supervisor who oversees everything that is happening. Living in Hawaii, I have a huge time advantage. Someone can be texting in at 2AM on the east coast, that is only 9PM in Hawaii. That means we can be a huge support to people on the main land without having to stay up late! If you want to know that you've made an impact in someone's life, become a crisis counselor!
I have volunteered for Crisis Text Line for 2 years and it has been an amazing experience. I started while I was in grad school for social work and I learned so much from Crisis Text Line. it was a great supplement to my education. It is meaningful work and I feel like I am really making a difference in the lives of others.
Volunteering with CTL was nothing short of amazing! It's humbling and heartwarming to know that we're helping strangers in their time of need. I've dealt with a variety of topics including suicide, body image and depression while engaging training skills and seeking support when necessary. I often received what now feels like the greatest words ever, "Thank you". I'm so glad I discovered the CTL family because I was able grow as an individual and make a deeper impact on others.