Kristin Brooks Hope Center
Rating: 4.95 stars 37 37 reviews 3,941
Mental Health, Philanthropy
1250 24th St NW Suite 300 Washington DC 20037 USA
The Kristin Brooks Hope Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and healing: by providing a single point of entry to community-based crisis services through innovative telephony and internet based technologies; by bringing national attention and access to services for post partum depression and other womens mood disorders; through education and advocacy; through formal research and evaluation of crisis line services; and, by championing the need for national funding for community-based suicide prevention crisis services.
Direct beneficiaries per year:
3,025 teens considering suicide, 1,8769 mothers suffering from post-partum depression, 695 Veterans actively seeking to end their lives due to PTSD, 9,876 people considering suicide who reached out to us online seeking help
Geographic areas served:
US, Canada, Mexico
National Hopeline Network 1-800-442-HOPE - free and confidential suicide crisis hotline Youth America Hotline-1-877-YOUTHLINE - teens needing teen peer counselors IMALIVE.org, the world's first virtual crisis center providing crisis intervention via chat PPD-MOMS- peer counseling for post partum depressed moms linking them to peer counselors. Preventing Suicide the National Journal- monthly publication updating the suicide prevention community about what is going on
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This organization is unbelievably valuable. Not only is the training thorough, the supervisors are incredibly helpful with any struggles the volunteers might have. The chatline is high quality and the concept is great. I feel like in the digital age, it's important to have a way for people to connect via the internet with help. It's also important for people who maybe can't be overheard on a hotline for safety reasons in their home. The community surrounding this charity is the best I've had the privilege of being a part of and I'm proud every day to be a part of it.
IMAlive helps people everyday to get through their crisis and find ways to help themselves and move towards a better, more positive future. Volunteering for IMAlive has helped me cope with the losses of people that I loved and cared about, and helped to make me feel like I'm making a difference. Many times I will be chatting with someone in crisis and they thank me for just listening to their problems. IMAlive is a place that people can go to be heard.
Reese Butler has persisted over the years in developing the first virtual chat crisis line with trained, certified volunteers. He is an innovator and led this country in establishing the need for crisis line networks within a National Suicide Prevention Plan. The Kristin Brooks Hope Center goes to colleges conducting on-site educational sessions for suicide prevention. A new initiative is underway to open the first Transition Assistance Center for homeless women Veterans in Queen Anne County, MD. In short, the KBHC and IMALIVE Chat Line is a model for persistence in saving lives.
This is one of the best organizations that is around! Besides that fact that it provides a service to people in crisis as well as promoting the destigmatization of mental illness, the supervisors and staff who are apart of this organization are the most caring, driven, and helpful people I have come across. As my time as a volunteer, I never once felt alone or unable to receive the help I needed from my supervisors, even during times when I was in the middle of really difficult chats. They were always there for me. It really says a lot about origanization when not only does the it does good work but the people who work for it also do good work.
I have been working with the Kristin Brooks Hope Center for only a short amount of time, and yet I have already experienced the full impact we can have on peoples lives. The last interaction I had with a person in crisis was truly one of the must humbling and positive experiences of my life. I honestly can't wait to work with this great team of staff, who never fail to help and teach empathetically, for a very long time.
I've been volunteering with IMAlive for 6 months now, and can honestly say being a part of this organization has changed my life so much for the better. The training is very thorough, and left me well prepared to start having conversations with people in crisis, and the supervisors are there every step of the way. I believe that being able to speak to an empathic listener in a time of crisis is so important, and IMAlive makes this possible in a very convenient and personal way by connecting two individuals over the internet. It is a great, very caring community to be a part of.
Kristin Brooks Hope Center has amazing innovative suicide prevention programs that are made possible by the daily efforts of caring volunteers. Devoting my time to helping suicidal people through IMALIVE.org has given me a purpose in life, and a deeper level of empathy towards people struggling with depression, anxiety, self harm, bipolar disorder, etc. I can conveniently volunteer at different times each week, and I know I'm making a difference at the end of each conversation. Thank you, KBHC, for giving me and others this virtual volunteering opportunity!
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I am an IMALIVE volunteer for almost a year now. Suicide has touched my life and the lives of so many others around me. Chatting with individuals on line can be challenging and rewarding. I have learned to put all judgments aside and have found at the end of conversations with those that reach out, there are so many people, both old and young who are desperate for help and not sure where to reach out to get it. This line provides an outlet in a safe environment to talk about feelings they are not sure they should share with anyone else.
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I have been a volunteer for IMAlive for almost one year now. My experience has been very positive, due to the flexibility in scheduling and the support I have received from my supervisors. Scheduling shifts is simple because IMAlive strives for 24/7 coverage. This means that you can volunteer any time that fits into your schedule. Not only that, you can volunteer from home in your pajamas if you want to!
IMAlive provides intensive online training that results in every volunteer being certified in crisis intervention. Through the training and role plays with supervisors, anyone can feel confident in their skills as a crisis intervention specialist, whether they have previous experience in the mental health field or not. I have felt supported by the supervisors who are always available for assistance if you ever do run into a situation in which you feel uncomfortable. I feel like my skills are always improving as a result.
Overall, volunteering through IMAlive has been a great way to make me feel like I am giving back and fulfilling my purpose in helping others. I would recommend it to other people looking for a meaningful way to get involved.
1 person found this review helpful
Imalive is a terrific resource for people in crisis. It's a place they can go, for free, no appointment necessary, and get the help they need. I recently joined Imalive as a volunteer. The training program was great and I am beginning to take shifts. Supervisors are available to help whenever I need them.