YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — The Mahoning County Psychological Well being and Restoration Board is looking for volunteers to donate their time to help suicide or drug overdose survivors.
The board’s newly shaped Native Outreach to Suicide Survivors and Drug Overdose Survivor Help groups, or Loss and Doss, respectively, embrace skilled first responders, psychological well being professionals, members of the non secular neighborhood and different survivors of trauma, in response to a press launch. Volunteers join survivors with wanted assets and supply emotional help and hope.
“Our skilled volunteers are what drives the success of this group,” Program Coordinator Lee DeVita mentioned within the launch. “Their ardour and willingness provides others the power and hope to maintain transferring ahead by way of the darkest occasions.”
The Loss and Doss groups are in search of neighborhood volunteers to behave as responders at a scene to help survivors and stick with them lengthy after, in response to the discharge. Along with offering assets, volunteers might write playing cards and make check-in telephone calls to help survivors.
“Having somebody there, who has skilled this first-hand or is skilled in coping with this appearing as a responder can imply a world of distinction,” mentioned Government Director Duane Piccirilli. “The volunteers assist deliver hope to these experiencing the final word loss and proceed to help them and take into consideration them for so long as essential.”
For volunteers, the chance offers them an opportunity to assist others whereas discovering an outlet for their very own grief.
“It’s vital that our volunteers are devoted to what they do,” mentioned Brenda Heidinger, affiliate director. “For a lot of of them, offering the extent of help that they do is simply as vital to them as it’s for these receiving it.”
These desirous about volunteering can fill this APPLICATION FORM and return it to DeVita at Lee.email@example.com. For extra info, contact DeVita at 330 746 2959 ext. 7975.
Printed by The Enterprise Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.