Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline needs volunteers

Posted at 5:14 PM, Mar 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-27 19:14:00-04

BOISE — More and more people are reaching out to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline looking for help these days -– which is good. In fact, some 3,000 people have called the hotline so far this year. And that number if increasing.

However, there aren’t enough volunteers to answer the phones. That’s why Hotline officials are asking for help.

“We’d like to have four to five responders on every volunteer phone shift, and we need about 110, 120 volunteers total to do that, and we're about 75 volunteers at this point, so we're really trying to bring those numbers up,” said Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Director John Reusser.

To volunteer to help with the Crisis Hotline, you need to be over the age of 18, have basic computer skills and be willing to commit to about a five-hour phone shift every week for one year.

Orientation sessions begin the middle of next month, with training classes starting in early May. If you’d like to help out, you can call the hotline office at 208-258-6992.