The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK) had its highest-ever call volume, 1,100 calls, during the first quarter of 2015. The group — a program of Jannus Inc. — has put out a call for volunteer phone responders to cover all shifts, especially evenings and weekends.
The ISPH team trains volunteers — laypersons or professionals in the Boise area — to become crisis phone workers. The next training class begins April 25 and ends May 21.
Volunteer phone responders receive more than 40+ hours of training and apprenticeship and commit to one 4 1/2-hour hotline shift per week for one year.
The organization also needs retired mental health professionals to serve as volunteer phone room supervisors.
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Information sessions to learn more about volunteering at ISPH will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mountain States Group offices, 1607 W. Jefferson St. in Boise on April 6 and April 13.