Become a volunteer
Our next CONTACT the Crisis Line training for Volunteer Telephone Crisis Counselors will begin in early February, 2016. Check back here for updates as to the date, time, and location of the training.
You may pre-register for training at the "Become a Volunteer" link on the menu. If you have questions or need additional information, please call the Crisis Line business office at (601) 713-4099.
The classes will prepare potential volunteer Crisis Counselors to handle calls from those who are troubled, stressed, and need someone to listen. Trainees will learn about the many issues facing callers, as well as the resources available to assist them.
After completing the training, volunteers are asked to commit to serving 8 volunteer hours each month. Take this opportunity for a truly rewarding volunteer experience as you serve your community!
THINKING OF BECOMING A VOLUNTEER?
Here are the top 10 benefits that volunteers often say they gain from the experience.
#10: It’s good for you.
#9: It saves resources.
#8: Volunteers gain professional experience.
#7: It brings people together.
#6: It promotes personal growth and self-esteem.
#5: Volunteering strengthens the community.
#4: You learn a lot.
#3: You get a chance to give back.
#2: Volunteering encourages civic responsibility.
#1: YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE, EVERY PERSON COUNTS!
CONTACT the Crisis Line now has ASIST Nationally Certified Suicide Prevention Trainers! Call 601-713-4099 for information on scheduling a 2-day workshop.
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
Virtually anyone age 16 or older, regardless of prior experience or training, can become an ASIST-trained caregiver. Developed in 1983 and regularly updated to reflect improvements in knowledge and practice, ASIST is the world’s leading suicide intervention workshop. During the two-day interactive session, participants learn to intervene and help prevent the immediate risk of suicide. Over 1,000,000 people have taken the workshop, and studies have proven that the ASIST method helps reduce suicidal feelings for those at risk.
- Presentations and guidance from two LivingWorks registered trainers
- A scientifically proven intervention model
- Powerful audiovisual learning aids
- Group discussions
- Skills practice and development
- A balance of challenge and safety
ASIST has saved and changed hundreds of thousands of lives around the world.
OUR NEWEST SERVICE:We are currently in a soft-launch phase of IM-IN-CRISIS.ORG, offering online emotional support to those who are not comfortable talking on the telephone about their problems. They can now go online and "chat" with a trained volunteer who will listen and help explore feelings and options. The service is available for very limited hours at this time, but the hours will increase as we receive additional funding and train more Chat Specialists.
Click here to go directly to IM-IN-CRISIS.ORG
CONTACT the Crisis Line is an interfaith ministry founded in 1971 by a group of mental health professionals and ministers who shared the conviction that no one should have to face life's challenges without a caring, objective listener.
Trained volunteers are available by telephone to the public 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, and accept callers as they are. In so doing, they give expression to the unconditional love of God for all of humankind. The volunteers are caring listeners, help callers to consider alternatives, provide empowerment through information and referrals, offer hope where this is possible, and express their loving concern even to callers who cannot love themselves.
The Crisis Line intervenes in suicide threats, domestic violence, rape, and other endangerments to life and limb.
The volunteers do not evangelize or try to convert callers. Calls are anonymous unless callers choose to identify themselves, and in any case, calls are confidential. The Crisis Line does not trace calls, use Caller ID, *69, or any such electronic means to obtain information about callers.
OUR OTHER SERVICES:
- Reassurance CONTACT began making calls in 2003 to elderly and disabled persons who live alone and express a desire for a daily friendly call to check on their well being. If the client does not answer the call, follow up is initiated. Click on "Reassurance" in the menu section for more information.
- In 2007, we began conducting child sexual abuse prevention programs through the nationally recognized Darkness to Light - Stewards of Children program.Click on the link in the menu to find out more about this program.
All of our services are free of charge.
CONTACT the Crisis Line is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization incorporated in the State of Mississippi. It is supported by contributions from businesses, charities, churches and individuals. All donations are tax deductible. To make a contribution, just click on the "Donate" button located to the left and follow the prompts, or send a check made payable to "Contact the Crisis Line" to the address below. Thank you!