SAN FRANCISCO SUICIDE PREVENTION

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Mental Health

Location: PO Box 191350 San Francisco CA 94119 USA

Mission: The mission of San Francisco Suicide Prevention is to provide emotional support, assistance, and intervention as necessary to persons in crisis and those impacted by them, without regard to race, age, religion, gender, or sexual orientation.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I was a volunteer crisis counselor for several years at San Francisco Suicide Prevention. They are the oldest crisis hotline in the U.S.

They train their volunteers extremely well in order for them to be helpful to callers. As a counselor, you can't really ask for a role that gives you more direct impact on helping people improve their lives. They really respect all their clients and convey that mindset to their volunteers. They are also doing extremely important work - filling key gaps where the U.S. mental health system is falling down on the job. They also provide a great training ground for many MFTs.

I've also found they are extremely frugal with their money - not spending where they don't need to. So, a very large portion of the money going into SFSP is funneled directly into program activities.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I have contacted SFSuicide through their online chat and email services, quite a bit actually. I recently discovered about my chronic - turning clinical depression, and things have turned bad. They were really supportive through the chats, and we talked. There was no judgement, so I felt I could really let it out. They're also available 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, so 40 hours, wow. I love how I can contact them right after school if something has happened.
The emails I received weren't just "It's going to be alright." They actually read what I wanted to say. They asked me questions and about possibilities.
I love you guys. :] I have supported in any way a teenager can (not by donating, sadly. :P But someday, if I make it).

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Email and Chat. They've helped me understand my life better and what I want to do with it.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Definitely make it more famous - oof. Then I wouldn't get that much support? :D I don't know, actually. I think the increase of awareness would help increase the number of people who want to help. So perhaps, yeah.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

How did you find this group?

A website dedicated to directing people to different depression non-profits.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

My writing, they've supported my writing.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have the honor of serving as a vice president on the board of San
Francisco Suicide Prevention. As the oldest suicide hotline in the US,
this organization has become the model for over 500 similar services
across the country.

What is truly unusual about SFSP is its leverage of resources. Ten
staff members coordinate the work of 100 local volunteers who help
over 10,000 individuals with problems ranging from suicide to
homelessness, hunger, AIDS, and addictions.

The agency is contacted by phone or computer over 70,000 times each year. Yet they subsist on a budget of less than $750,000. They can accept donations through their website, sfsuicide.org or by texting "TALK" to 20222 on a cell phone for an instant $10 donation.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

knowing the number of calls they receive per year. The organization is there for people. Anytime somebody needs help there is a volunteer at the other end of the line, someone who understands crisis, people, and the resources they need. There is still no substitute for being able to talk to someone when the world caves in. Volunteers become "addicted" to this kind of work. SFSP had dedicated and very long-term volunteers because they like doing this work.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make sure that absolutely everybody knows about it. Make sure that anyone in a position to contribute, even just a little bit, knows how they can support SFSP.

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