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Seeking caring, compassionate volunteers to staff the suicide prevention crisis hotline for Samaritans of Fall River and New Bedford. Each volunteer participates in a mandatory 35-hour training program which includes working with a trained volunteer. The training sessions are scheduled for November 2019 and February 2020. Volunteers are asked to cover a 5-hour shift or two 2.5 hour shifts weekly.  A minimum of a six-month commitment is expected.

Volunteers may be asked to participate in local health fairs on behalf of the agency. Internship and work-study are offered to college students as well. Prospective volunteers must also undergo a background check as part of the application process.

Additional Details:
- Volunteers should be between the ages of 18 and 100.
- Is Wheelchair Accessible

According to, Depression (MDD) can come with many possible symptoms, including:

- Feeling sad
- Losing interest
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Trouble concentrating
- Tired a lot
- Restlessness or moving slowly
- Change in weight or appetite
- Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
- Thoughts of suicide

If you or someone you know is experiencing any or all of these symptoms, reach out to someone for help. The Crisis Hotline is anonymous and free of charge and available from 8 am to 11 pm, 7 days a week depending on the availability of volunteers within that period. From time to time, there may be gaps in volunteer coverage.

Need to talk? Please feel free to contact:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
Need to text? Please text to 1-877-870-HOPE (4673)
Emergency: Please Call 911 Directly

For more information about this volunteer opportunity, please click HERE.

Across Southeastern Massachusetts, non-profit organizations rely on volunteers to build a stronger community and transform neighborhoods.

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