The Crisis Line needs volunteers to staff the line.

The Crisis Line needs volunteers to staff the line.

Crisis Line ready to train volunteers

If you’re a good listener and you have some spare time on your hands, the PIN Crisis Intervention  Society could use your help.

“Volunteer by giving back to our community and add excellence to your communication skills, relationships and career,” said Sharon Durant, community education and support manager at the Canadian Mental Health Association, which runs the Crisis Line in partnership with the PIN Crisis  Intervention Society.

The society is now accepting applications and booking interviews for its April Crisis Line volunteer training, which starts April 9 and is 33 hours in length.

“You will learn about topics such as isolation, mental illness, abuse, suicide and others,” said Durant. “You will experience personal growth and become competent in crisis assessment, active listening techniques, and empowering others to help themselves.

“Being a volunteer provides you with practical crisis intervention experience that can be used in different areas of your life.”

For an interview or more information, call the program office at 545-8074. The Crisis Line offers short-term emotional support and referrals for people in need and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 250-545-2339.