Yolo County volunteers sought for suicide prevention crisis line

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The Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County team is accepting applications for crisis-line volunteers until Sept. 28.

SPYC crisis-line volunteers play a vital role in saving the lives of Yolo County residents who reach out for help. These volunteers answer the phones at SPYC and serve as the first point of human contact in the steps toward supporting mental health.

Yolo County residents who are interested in applying are asked to review a list of required virtual training dates to ensure they will be able to attend each of the training dates. SPYC will be interviewing prospective volunteers until Sept. 30. There are no make-up opportunities for missed training dates, and all potential volunteers are required to attend each training, on time. Individuals must also be at least 20 years old to apply as a crisis-line volunteer.

The crisis line volunteer training is five-weeks long and begins on Oct. 6. Training sessions are all 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday from Oct. 6 through Nov. 10.

Volunteer who are accepted will undergo a 40-plus-hour training program with goals to develop the skills needed to address issues of depression, suicide, family-relationship conflicts and mental illness.

Volunteers initially commit to serving six hours per week with a one-year service commitment upon successful completion of the training program.

“Volunteers have been, and continue to be, the backbone of SPYC,” Crisis Line Director Geneva Green said in a media release. “Quality training provides volunteers with the opportunity to participate in the increased well-being not only of themselves, but of those in their community.”

For a listing of eligibility requirements and to apply, visit http://www.suicidepreventionyolocounty.org/volunteering-for-spyc/.

Applications can be emailed back to SPYC@sbcglobal.net. Applications can also be mailed to: Suicide Prevention of Yolo County, P.O. Box 622, Davis, CA 95617.

Applications received after the Sept. 28 deadline will be retained for the next training session.

Questions or additional information can be directed to the SPYC business office at 530-756-7542, and ask for Crisis Line Director Geneva Green.

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