Life can feel overwhelming. If you're not sure where to turn, we're here for you. We help people through rough times in their lives. If something's important to you, it's important to us. We're here to listen. We provide crisis intervention, suicide prevention, and information and referral, 24/7.
Everyone has the right to be listened to without judgment or criticism. You can talk and know we listen with respect and confidentiality. We believe everyone has the capacity to resolve their own problems with support.
You can now connect to one of our Crisis Intervention Specialist by texting SAFE2TALK to 765-742-0244.
crisis center VOLUNTEERINGThe 7-session training cohort will begin May 27, 2020
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Crisis Intervention Specialist (CIS) please submit the volunteer application online or bring a copy to MHA at 914 South Street, Lafayette.
MHA Crisis Center Crisis Intervention Specialists provide a vital mental health service to our community. Consider joining our dedicated team of volunteer Crisis Intervention Specialists!
Our training program is based on mental health needs and effective practices as established by national accrediting organizations. Individuals who successfully complete the training program have the necessary skills to assist and empower people in crisis, as well as people who need information about local community resources.
Volunteering is a great way to help others in need, make a community impact, meet caring people, and develop useful skills that will not only allow you to serve with our Crisis Center but also serve you throughout your professional and personal life.
Our training is free for individuals that become volunteer Crisis Intervention Specialists. The training consists of a 15-hour Applied Suicide Intervention Training (ASIST) followed by several sessions that focus on empathy, values, problems & options, emergencies, and assertiveness. Each session builds on the previous session(s). Proficiency in skills will culminate in a final session of Crisis Intervention Specialist orientation and graduation.
Upcoming Crisis Intervention Specialist Training:
The 7-session Summer training cohort will be begin May 26, 2020!
Participant has the choice to select a morning or evening virtual class via zoom
- Morning virtual class: 10:00am-Noon
- Evening virtual class: 6:00pm-8:00pm
Virtual classes will be held on the following dates:
Session 1 | Tuesday, May 26 | Introduction
Session 2 | Wednesday, May 27 | Mental Health Education
Session 3 | Friday, May 29 | Cultural Competency, Empathy & Values
Session 4 | Monday, June 1 | MHA- Mental Health Hub, Problems & Options
Session 5 | Wenesday, June 3 | Emergency
Session 6 | Friday, June 5 | Suicide
Session 7 | Monday, June 8 | Assertiveness
Session 8 | Wednesday, June 10 | Information and Referrals
Session 9 | Friday, June 12 | Orientation & Graduation
*attendance to all virtual sessions is required.