Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Needs Volunteer Phone Responders
ISPH now recruiting for January/ February Volunteer Course
BOISE, ID. (January 9, 2017 )
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, by Jannus, Inc. needs volunteer Crisis Phone & Text Responders for all shifts, especially evenings and weekends.
The ISPH team trains volunteers — laypersons or professionals in the greater Boise area — to become crisis phone workers. The next training course begins January 31, 2017, and completes February 25th. Orientation & screening sessions, tours and listening shifts for prospective volunteers are ongoing in January. ISPH provides excellent training, experience and supervision.
Volunteer Crisis Responders receive 50+ hours of training and apprenticeship, including 14.5 CEU’s, and commit to one 4 ½-hour phone room shift per week for one year. Hotline volunteers learn, develop and practice critical and highly marketable “soft skills” of active listening and communication while helping fellow Idahoans in need, in the professional and supportive environment of our Boise phone room
Says volunteer Jennie Rylee: “…never in my life have I felt more worthwhile, more valuable, more needed than I do on the Suicide Prevention Hotline. We save people’s lives in a very real and very personal sense. Besides being a mom and grandma, it’s by far the best thing I’ve ever done.”