By Geneva Green Special to the Express
Suicide Prevention and Crisis Services of Yolo County (SPYC) will hold a six-week crisis line volunteer training beginning Oct. 5. Crisis line volunteers play a role in saving the lives of Yolo County residents; when they join the dedicated team of volunteers who answer the phones at SPYC, they become the first point of human contact in the steps toward mental health. Volunteers undergo a 40-plus hour training program in which they develop the skills needed to address issues of depression, suicide, family relationship conflicts and mental illness. Initially, volunteers 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. Quality training provides volunteers with the opportunity to participate in the increased well-being not only of themselves, but of those in their community. SPYC will be interviewing prospective volunteers until Sept. 24 and will accept applications for this training up until Sept. 17. Training is from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 5, 7, 12, 14, 19, 21, 26 and 28, and Nov. 2, 4 and 9. There are no make-ups, and all potential volunteers are required to attend each training, on time, and for the full duration. Applicants must be at least 20 years old. Training will be conducted virtually but all crisis line shifts must be taken in-office. To apply, visit www.SuicidePreventionYoloCounty.org to download and complete a volunteer application. Applications can be mailed or emailed back to SPYC. For questions or additional information, please call the SPYC business office at 530-756-7542.