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Citing increased call volume, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline seeks volunteers

By: - August 19, 2021 4:24 am

This mural in downtown Boise is part of an advertising campaign for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (Loren Morris, for the Idaho Capital Sun).

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is asking for more volunteers to serve as crisis phone responders, citing increased call volume, according to a press release.

Crisis phone responders mainly serve as a listening ear to callers, help assess the caller’s suicidal risk and create a safety plan. Since 2012, the hotline has received over 77,000 contacts in the form of calls and texts from individuals in communities across Idaho, according to the release. People reaching out to the hotline vary in background and age.

Volunteers commit to serving one four-hour shift per week for one year and participate in comprehensive training before taking any calls.

To apply to be a volunteer crisis phone responder, go to https://www.idahosuicideprevention.org/volunteer.

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Kelcie Moseley-Morris
Kelcie Moseley-Morris

Kelcie Moseley-Morris is an award-winning journalist who has covered many topics across Idaho since 2011. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Idaho and a master’s degree in public administration from Boise State University. Moseley-Morris started her journalism career at the Moscow-Pullman Daily News, followed by the Lewiston Tribune and the Idaho Press.

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