Welcome to SuperPoweredCommunity - the team for the super amazing volunteers and staff of the Suicide Prevention Center ("SPC") and their families and friends!
In 2019 alone, our 24/7 multilingual crisis line assisted an incredible 130,154 people in suicidal or emotional crisis. Many of our volunteers and staff come to SPC with their own personal experiences with suicide and mental health. Some of them shared how volunteering with SPC has impacted their lives:
* “On 2/1/18 my middle son Elliot unexpectedly took his own life 4 days before his 14th birthday. In June of that same year, I attempted to take my own life, unable to cope with the loss. After 10 days in a mental hospital and 2 1/2 months in an out-patient program, I joined an 8-week grief group at Didi Hirsch. That sent me on my journey to volunteering at SPC. I would say that the training ALONE was incredibly therapeutic for me and while my shifts can be challenging, the rewards of helping those in crisis make it worth every chat that I take. I participated in the Alive and Running event for the first time last year and was so inspired, I planned on creating my own team for Elliot this year, T-Shirts and all! While going remote won’t be the same, I plan on reaching out to all of my friends and family this year to participate after seeing first-hand the impact this event has on the Didi Hirsch community and beyond.”- Heather, volunteer
* “The reason I volunteer with SPC is because I love how I am able to make a difference with people who are struggling. I love how this has also made a difference with the people in my life. I have had people come to me asking how to deal with suicidal people and how to approach the conversation with the people they care about. Not only that, I believe that in doing this, I have become a bigger advocate for mental health!”- Jessie, volunteer
* “Joining SPC has been one of the hardest, yet one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done. To have the responsibility and privilege of helping people during their darkest and most painful times is terrifying yet gratifying. Sometimes all someone really needs it to just be heard and felt understood and I absolutely love being that human connection to an absolute stranger in need. SPC is a wonderful and beautiful family that I feel so lucky to be a part of <3”- Rivka, volunteer
SPC continues to take calls and chats through the COVID-19 pandemic, and we need your support more than ever to meet the challenges that lie ahead for us. Please help us support Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services by making a contribution to our team and sharing this page with your family and friends. Together, we can make a difference!