Sasha Singh of Metuchen and Carolyn Paznek of Kearny completed the training in December 2019 to become volunteers on the Caring Contact crisis hotline.  During the 52 hours of training the graduates developed the ability to listen actively, assess the needs of someone in crisis and provide empathy and support.  The training included dynamic and interactive presentations by guest experts in active listening, grief recovery, mental health issues and suicide intervention.  Volunteer Listener Training is taught by trainers who are long-time listeners and nationally certified instructors in Mental Health First Aid and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training. 

“I trained to become a Caring Contact listener because I believe what we do on the lines to be extremely crucial, especially with mental health issues on the rise. I also studied psychology at university and aim to pursue a doctoral degree”, stated Singh. “This volunteer role greatly aligns with that which I am passionate about”. 

Caring Contact is an award-winning, volunteer-staffed crisis hotline and listening community that supports the Nation Suicide Prevention Lifeline.  Located in Westfield, NJ they provide active listening support and best-in-class education to central and northern New Jersey.  

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The next volunteer training will begin March 17th.  For more information about this training call 908.301.1899 or visit www.caringcontact.org.   
 

  

Pictured Left to right:  Back row: Ryan Hinderliter, Amit Trivedi, Michael Coleman, Shailesh Lal, Carolyn Paznek, Derek Cooke, Marc Julius, David Burman, Charles Christophel.  Middle row: Laurie Feinberg (Caring Contact), Sarah Lindell, Sasha Singh, Ananya Jain, Kaelin Stoll, Kacie Neilson, Jaimie Radakovich, Larry Kornreich, Arlene Klemow (Caring Contact).  Front row: Bisrat Mekbeb, Jasmine Dursun, Michelle Mendoza, Pam Webb, Kate Gorelick, Payl Patel.