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Causes: Hot Lines & Crisis Intervention, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: 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.

Target demographics: people struggling with depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts worldwide

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 10,000 people considering suicide and struggling with mental illness, over 5,000 college students on college campus, and over 2,000 attendees of Supernatural conventions living with anxiety and depression

Geographic areas served: the US, Canada, Europe, Australia and online worldwide

Programs: IMALIVE.org, the world's first virtual crisis center, which allows volunteers from all over the world to get trained and provide emotional support to people in a suicidal crisis Alive! Mental Health Fair, a fun and interactive college suicide prevention and awareness program, which helps students connect with local mental health counselors

Community Stories

70 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have only just completed my training to become a crisis intervention volunteer but was deeply impressed by the thoroughness and quality of the training I received. The supervisors and instructors were professional, supportive and compassionate. I very much look forward to volunteering for this wonderful organization for a long time to come.

emily4imalive

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with IMAlive for a few months and I am already head-over heals in love with this organization. From the training to the staff, every part of my involvement has been wonderful. People are afraid to talk, IMAlive helps them find their voice and empowers people. Few things are greater than helping someone realize their true strength and potential. I could not have picked a better organization to volunteer for, hands down.

rosiefan2113

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with IMAlive for almost a year, and it has been a great year. Every supervisor and volunteer is so kind and understanding. And the feeling you get when you know you have helped somebody who was hurting is indescribable. It warms my heart to know that the IMAlive family is growing stronger and larger every day. The more there are, the more we can help.

Joan Bergeron T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with KBHC for 10 months now and it has been life changing. The trainers, supervisors and volunteers are all amazing and supportive. We work as a team to help in any way needed and you know that a difference has been made every shift that you volunteer. I will volunteer here as long as they will have me.

Sabrina Leigh P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

SAHM here and I really became aware of the lack of resources to help those in crisis (particularly the 'tweens) when my child was in crisis. Fortunately, the opportunity to volunteer with this group came along and I am now feeling better and more informed about how to help and what to do when my child needs help. The people I volunteer with are amazing and really are dedicated to helping those who need it, when they need it most.

Karen G.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with IMALive about six months ago and I'm now approaching 100 hours. I'm so glad I applied to do this through Random Acts sponsorship. The supervisors and other volunteers are so supportive and they have helped me every step of the way. The work is challenging, but it's so rewarding to know that you've made a difference, one person at a time. I hope to continue volunteering for many years to come. IMALive is a wonderful organisation.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became a volunteer with KBHC a year ago and it has been a life-changing experience. I have grown so much as a person and even discovered my passion for mental health counseling - which I am now pursuing as a career. I’ve had the opportunity to see the monumental difference that this organization makes in the lives of so many people around the world; it deserves every opportunity to grow and continue to create positive change in the world. Everyone who works with this organization works tirelessly and selflessly to make sure there are resources available for those in need.

Wade C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been a life changing experience, volunteering for IMAlive. The amount of dedication that each of the volunteers and supervisors have to thie cause, is almost unbelievable. Never before have I seen a more actively passionate group of individuals. I am so proud to be included amongst their ranks.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with IMAlive for a while now, and never before have I met a group of like minded individuals who selflessly care so much about helping others. I am very proud to help out with these guys!

mskabar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The trainers and supervisors here lead with kindness, humor, and a sincerity that's felt even in text. Volunteers are provided with much more training and personal guidance than I expected when I signed up. Not to sound too cheesy but so far volunteering here has been an inspiring experience. I'm looking forward to much more to come!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for almost a year. The other volunteers and supervisors are so supportive and dedicated to what they do. I am very proud to be part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful organization full of dedicated, kind, effective people.

Sabine3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization has changed my life. The work that is done here is incredible and I feel so honored to be able to be a part of it.
Thinking that even if just one person is helped makes all the work worth while.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Center is one of the best around. The staff and volunteers are very knowledgeable and so companionable.

Lara14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with KBHC and IMAlive last June (2016) and haven't looked back. This experience has not only taught me a lot about others but also myself. I sincerely wish my teenage self had access to a resource like IMAlive; it would have helped me work through tough emotions that I ended up having to navigate alone.

Furthermore, the community of volunteers has become family to me, even though I haven't met them in person yet! :) I look forward to continuing to grow as a crisis intervention specialist and as a person in general.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard about the great work that IMAlive does for people who are in crisis, so I decided to check it out and volunteer. It has been an amazing experience. I love every minute that I spent volunteering and look forward to volunteering many more years. The staff are amazing and very supportive. I'm impressed with some staff who are 'consumer survivors', as they have a vast knowledge and experience.
I would definitely recommend anyone in crisis to come to IMAlive for help.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with this organization for the past year. The training I received had me feeling more than ready to take on the intimidating task having honest and productive conversations about suicide with suicidal individuals. The volunteers and supervisors are all extremely passionate and caring people, and the focus of healing is always on the person in crisis rather than on ourselves as responders, which is great as the chatter leaves feeling empowered and not dependent on any one person but themselves for that feeling.

Stephanie288

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I just started volunteering for ImAlive and I love it. Im a stay-at-home mom and I hold a lot of guilt for not working (I know I shouldn't, but I do) this organization has given me more purpose and it makes me feel good helping others. Their training program is wonderful and the supervisors are with you every step of the way, even after your training.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering for the Crisis Chat for over 140 hours now, and it's awesome: always learning something new, working with amazing people, and maybe best of all, being able to do good, by helping people discover how they can help themselves, or by just being there and listening.

Lisa232

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with IMAlive for a couple of months now and I've experienced such amazing people who are trying to make differences in the lives of people in crisis. When I first got word that I'd been approved to be a crisis responder, I was worried I'd not be able to do the work that I would be doing. However, with the extensive training I received and supervisors that work along side me, I feel that I'm in very safe hands to help others.

Behind the scenes, there is a network of support for all the volunteers. Every person I've encountered, from the director to trainees, is dedicated and caring and so very kind. I knew it was a great group before I started, but being in the mix, IMAlive has shown me a new level of compassion and support that I was unaware existed.

I've done volunteer work before but, the commitment to helping people that IMAlive has has just been incredible and I'm very proud to volunteer with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with IMAlive has been an incredibly fulfilling experience, that has made me a more empathetic person, both while chatting and in other areas of my life. It is amazing to interact with others and empower those in crisis during their worst moments. It has also connected me to a whole new group of friends who are funny, supportive and full of inspiration.

1 Sherry77

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started to volunteer with ImAlive a few months ago. I thought that I would just listen to some stories and give some advice and that would be the end of it. I was wrong. This organization offers so much more than just advice. ImAlive offers hope and understanding which can be hard to come by these days. The volunteers and supervisors are some of the most empathetic people I have had the pleasure of working with. I am thankful that ImAlive is a viable resource for people in crisis.