Helpline volunteers come to Samaritans from all backgrounds and experiences. Alissa Chen, former Helpline volunteer and Development & Communications intern at Samaritans, shares some of her initial concerns about volunteering at Samaritans and how she overcame those fears.
Helpline volunteers come to Samaritans from all backgrounds and experiences. We recently celebrated our youngest volunteers at our Teen Volunteer Parent Night, where four of our young volunteers shared the impact that their experience at Samaritans has had on their lives.
Ten years ago, Samaritans’ Community Education and Outreach team first entered my health classroom. I cannot begin to describe how transformative and significant this visit would be for the students -- and for me. Like many individuals, I was scared to talk about suicide and depression. Even though I knew how common mental illness is, I did not know how to talk about it. The social stigma that exists with mental health issues is an unspoken issue in society, and it was a strong barrier even for a health educator.
Three of our teen volunteers speak about their journey to becoming a part of the Samaritans community, the importance of volunteerism, and the impact that their experience has had on their lives outside of the Crisis Center walls.