(Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star)

Crisis line seeks volunteers

CMHA’s 40-hour training program starts in April.

The Vernon Crisis Line is looking for new volunteers. CMHA Vernon trains volunteers to answer calls from people in the community who are experiencing crisis.

In 2018, the Vernon site of the Interior Crisis Line Network provided support in over 6,284 calls. By answering the phone and providing an empathetic ear, volunteers can help change people’s lives. They will learn to offer emotional support, help find referrals and can offer emergency services where necessary.

The Crisis Line offers 40+ hours of training time to ensure that volunteers are properly trained and confident to take calls from the Crisis Line, Mental Health Support Line and 1800 Suicide before answering the line.

The next training session will take place over two weekends and an evening. Once training is complete CMHA offers flexible scheduling — the crisis line is a 24/7 service — but asks volunteers to commit to volunteering about four hours per week. Volunteers must be over 18 years of age.

This experience could be invaluable to people who are working toward a career in any of the helping professions, or anyone wanting to support people in their community in this valuable way. Training starts Saturday, April 27.

If interested, please contact Paula Guidi at paula.guidi@cmha.bc.ca or by phone 250-542-3114 ext. 236 or complete the application online at vernon.cmha.bc.ca.

Related: Vernon Crisis Hotline calls for volunteers

Related: Winter months mean more calls for Vernon’s crisis line

To report a typo, email:
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com
.


@VernonNews
newstips@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Slow start for LGBTQ safe place program: Vernon coordinator

The Safe Place program offers the LGBTQ2S+ community shelter if they are feeling unsafe.

Cougar sightings on the rise in Vernon

More reports of seeing large wild cats over last year

Budget supports sectors critical to North Okanagan: Chamber

Main cause of concern for the Chamber is $22.8 billion in new spending

Vernon ordered to reinstate terminated firefighters caught having sex at work

City believes arbitration board erred, exploring options

The UBC Innovation Library has helped over 1,100 students since opening in 2015

Students across B.C. can access their academic resources at the UBC Innovation Library

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

SilverStar pairs Culture & Cocktails for Seismic event

Fundraiser supports Arts Council of the North Okanagan

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Avalanche control tomorrow on Highway 1

Expect closures of up to two hours east of Revelstoke

TKI Construction looks forward to being part of Rutland

The company is renovating the old AG Outdoor Superstore

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Most Read