Marin's Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling Hotline is starting new weekly training classes for hotline volunteers starting Tuesday, May 15 through June 19. One Saturday class will be from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. on June 9. Additional classes for those who become volunteers are Tuesday evenings from June 26 to July 17.
The hotline counsels people in a personal crisis, those concerned about friends or family, and community members grieving a loved one. Training includes active listening skills, crisis intervention and how to assess suicide risk. The fee is $25. To register, contact Linda at 415-499-1193 ext. 3001 for an in-person interview.
The class is for caring, responsible good listeners with common sense and empathy. All volunteers must successfully complete the training.
Suicide Prevention and Community Counseling has been operating since 1971. The Hotline service was initiated in response to a Marin suicide rate that was triple the national average. Currently, it's on par with the country’s average. The Hotline is an extremely important resource for those in crisis. Suicide Prevention & Community Counseling also provides grief counseling services and community education.