SPYC will hold a five-week crisis line volunteer training beginning April 28.

Crisis line volunteers play a role in saving the lives of Yolo County residents; when they join the dedicated team of volunteers who answer the phones at SPYC, they become the first point of human contact in the steps toward mental health.

Volunteers undergo a 36-hour training program in which they develop the skills needed to manage issues of depression, suicide, family relationship conflicts and mental illness. Initially, volunteers commit to serving six hours per week and with a one-year service commitment upon successful completion of the training program. Volunteers have been, and continue to be, the backbone of SPYC. Quality training provides volunteers with the opportunity to participate in the increased well-being not only of themselves, but of those in their community.

SPYC will be interviewing prospective volunteers until April 26. Those interested in applying are asked to please review the training dates listed below to ensure they will be able to attend each training date; there are no make-ups, and all potential volunteers are required to attend each training, on time. Applicants must also be at least 20 years old.

April-May 2016 Training Dates:

Thursday, 4/28: 6 PM – 9 PM
Saturday, 4/30: 9 AM – 3 PM
Sunday, 5/1: 9 AM – 3 PM
Tuesday, 5/3: 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, 5/5: 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, 5/10: 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, 5/12: 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, 5/17: 6 PM – 9 PM
Thursday, 5/19: 6 PM – 9 PM
Tuesday, 5/24: 6 PM – 9 PM

To apply, visit www.SuicidePreventionYoloCounty.org to download and complete a volunteer application. Applications can be mailed or emailed back to SPYC. For questions or additional information, please call the SPYC business office at (530) 756-7542 and ask for Ting Ting.