Nature and Purpose
Samaritans, Inc. is a non-profit, non-religiously affiliated, suicide prevention center. Since 1974 we have worked to reduce the incidence of suicide and to alleviate feelings of isolation in the greater Boston and metro-west areas through our 24-hour telephone befriending service. This line is staffed entirely by volunteers trained to offer non-judgmental listening and support to lonely, depressed, and suicidal individuals.
Befrienders do not give advice or try to solve the problems of callers. Rather, by offering unqualified respect and caring, befrienders seek to understand callers' feelings and, in doing so, briefly share a burden that has become to heavy. Befrienders do not aim to fix, but rather offer respite. Volunteers must be able to listen well and to reserve judgment. They must also be willing to hear about suicide and death, and able to remain calm during crises. We are looking for 20 PULSE students.
As Samaritans befrienders, PULSE students will provide non-judgmental listening and support to those calling the 24-hour hotline. Students will have the opportunity to become engaged with other projects related to our services. Samaritans has a very active and involved Outreach and Education Program. We go to other non-profits, schools, jails and prisons, mental health facilities, and after-school programs to educate the Greater Boston Community on depression and suicide prevention. PULSE students will be able to partake in these workshops and trainings, if their schedule permits. As the PULSE students become more and more a part of the agency, there will be many opportunities for them to serve as mentors, assistant trainers, and advocates for newer volunteers coming in the door.