Mental Health America of Greenville County is looking for applicants for full- and part-time positions from September 2018 through July 2019.
Each year, about 40 Corps Members commit to a year of community service, the release said. Each position will receive a small living allowance and an education award that can be used for higher education costs and/or to pay pack student loans.
MHAGC said in a released statement the positions include its 24/7 CRISISline and TEENline, and each corps member will receive extensive training.
Part-time volunteers can earn 300-450 hours of service, and full-time volunteers can earn 1700 hours.
“In 2017, volunteers and staff members working on our 24-hour CRISISline and TEENline responded to approximately 12,000 calls and texts from community members who needed a safe place to talk, information on community resources, and/or compassion during a mental health crisis,” states MHAGC Executive Director Jennifer Piver. “We hear every day how these services, which are part of the National Lifeline Suicide Prevention Network, empower residents to manage the stressors of life and therefore prevent a situation from escalating into a life-threatening emergency. Unfortunately, an additional 6,000 calls and texts went unanswered last year as we don’t have the resources and volunteers to respond to the increasing need in the community. The new Greenville County Behavioral Health AmeriCorps State Program allows Upstate residents and teens to work part time or full time for approximately a year to make a difference in our community while earning a living stipend and an educational award.”