If you are feeling overwhelmed, depressed, confused, suicidal or just needing someone to listen:
The Crisis Prevention, Intervention & Information Centre for Northern BC is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing emotional support, suicide intervention and referral information to the residents of Northern British Columbia
The 24-hour line operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
People in suicidal crisis can also access help through the BC Distress Line Network which, like the Crisis Centre, guarantees free, confidential, 24-hour access.
Calls are routed through member crisis lines, so callers may hear brief messages while their call is being routed through to the first available Crisis Centre.
Support the Crisis Centre for Northern BC by attending our annual Pub Night Fundraiser! We are raising money for youth suicide prevention/awareness programs for Northern BC.
Come for silent auction, dancing, 50/50 draw, door prizes and fun at the Fore Bistro & Lounge (PG Golf & Curling Club). Tickets also include a buffet.
What do our volunteers do?
Volunteering as a crisis line worker involves providing emotional support to callers over the phone lines and chat, defining and assessing crisis, empowering callers to make their own decisions and plans, offering suicide intervention, and much more. This is extremely rewarding work as we sit with people in their darkest times and support them through it.
From our volunteers, we require that each worker fill at least four shifts per month (3-4 hours each shift; you choose your own shifts/times). We also require that our volunteers attend at least 6 meetings per year (they are offered once a month) as they offer ongoing training and updates.
What does the training encompass?
Overall, training takes over 70 hours to complete and includes classroom training, ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) workshop, shadow shifts with experienced crisis line workers on the phone lines, and practice sessions involving mock calls to practice the skills learned. We are always happy to provide additional training if volunteers don't feel quite ready at the end of scheduled training.
We do ask for a fee of $100 which covers training costs but also your ASIST costs. Outside of training, the ASIST workshop (which is recognized worldwide as a leading trainer in suicide intervention) is usually $150 to take. We are absorbing this cost into our training fee. Of course though, the training fee is not asked for until you are accepted into training.
The dates for January's training include (and you must be available for all of these):
- January 5 & 6, 9am-4.30pm - classroom training
- January 12 & 13, 9am-4.30pm - ASIST training
- January 19 & 20, 9am-4.30pm - classroom training
If you are able to make these dates and are interested in joining us, please fill out the application on the volunteer tab. I will then invite you in for an interview. After the interview, the other trainer and I will discuss who will be accepted onto the lines and then email you all to let you know. Classroom training starts on the 5th and needs to be attended completely. After the classroom training, we will add additional dates according to your schedule for shadow shifts and practice sessions, etc.
For more information call Jay at 250-564-9312 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Prince George: December 13 & 14
Prince George: January 12 & 13
For further information or to register, please email Sandra Boulianne at email@example.com or call 250-564-9658.
Business Line: 250-564-5736
Sandra Boulianne, Executive Director: 250-564-9658
Jay Khatra, Program Coordinator: 250-564-9312
Crisis Prevention, Intervention and Information Centre for Northern BC
Fifth Floor, 1600 3rd Avenue
Prince George, BC
Accredited by American Association of Suicidology.