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Opportunity Details

Disaster & Emergency Services, Health & Wellness
Disaster Services

Age Minimum (with Adult): 18+, Minimum Age:18+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Volunteer with Suicide Prevention Service

Suicide Prevention Service (SPS), a program of the Family Service Agency of the Central Coast is dedicated to providing suicide prevention, intervention and postvention services that support the life, health, and safety of those at risk of suicide throughout Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties. 

Suicide Prevention Service of the Central Coast is looking for new suicide crisis line volunteers! Our crisis hotline serves the tri-county area of Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz. Join us for a rewarding experience while learning active listening skills, self-care, and suicide and crisis intervention techniques.

Training begins October 1, 2020!

All classes are provided by ZOOM Video Conferencing. Registration is required and early registration is recommended! For more information, please email us at or visit our website at

No experience is necessary—only a willing and open heart. 18+

Background: Given the rapidly evolving situation- with the daily stress and fear around life in the midst of a health pandemic, economic uncertainty, the threat of fire season and limited access to in-person mental health service providers, we project that the Suicide Crisis Line for the tri-counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito will have a dire need for well-trained volunteer responders in the coming months. The overall fear and anxiety prevalent in the population because of COVID has hit particularly hard for those who are already in crisis, or prone to experiencing anxiety, depression, and possibly isolated and pre-existing mental health challenges. We expect this trajectory to continue for at least the short term and are committed to doing everything possible to support our community members in staying safe during this public health crisis. 

We engage people through community outreach, educational presentations in schools, and evidence-based training such as ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) and SafeTalk.  SPS operates the 24/7/365, free, confidential, and multilingual Suicide Crisis Hotline, 1-877-663-5433. The program is an Accredited Crisis Center through the American Association of Suicidology and is certified with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Postvention services include bereavement support services focusing on providing support for survivors of suicide loss. We are a small team of four staff, and 71 dedicated and trained volunteers. 

If you are suicidal, in crisis or concerned for a loved one, please call our 24 hour suicide crisis hotline at 1-877-663-5433 (1-877-ONE-LIFE)
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Volunteers needed through 10/2/2020

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1740 17th Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95062
Phone: 831-427-5070

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