Volunteer

Someone Out There Needs Your Help.

There are many people who are struggling with feelings of isolation, sadness and hopelessness and feel they have nowhere to turn. They may be experiencing loss, depression, interpersonal problems, financial issues or having thoughts of suicide. Caring people like you ensure that there is someone on the other end of the phone when people need it the most.

The Support Hotline is one of Summit County’s oldest and most valuable community resources. The Support Hotline is a confidential, 24-hour crisis intervention hotline operated by Portage Path Behavioral Health and is part of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. Hotline volunteers provide crisis intervention and supportive listening to Summit County residents experiencing an emotional or suicidal crisis.

WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?

You can help if you’re…

* at least 21 years of age

* accepting and non-judgmental

* willing to learn new ways of communication

* ready to devote time to intensive training

* able to commit to 200 hours of service in first year after training

WHAT KIND OF TRAINING IS INVOLVED?

Training is held 3 times per year. Each training is 50 hours and includes Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training, lecture, role-play and learning activities.

HOW DO I BEGIN ?

Your help is needed. The application and screening process includes a written application, interview, background check and references. If you are interested in becoming part of the Support Hotline family, the Hotline Coordinator at 330-434-1214, extension 4106 for more information, or e-mail to: bmedlock@portagepath.org

If you are in crisis and need help, call Support at 330-434-9144.