Get Involved

San Francisco Suicide Prevention could not exist without the dedication of community volunteers every year. Most of our volunteers assist with our hotline and internet chat services. However, we also recruit administrative and outreach volunteers.

I love the team behind SFSP. They are among the most caring, compassionate individuals I have ever met.   Everyone has their own personal story about why they volunteer here. And being part of this team gives me regular doses of wholesome, raw humanity.

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteering with San Francisco Suicide Prevention is the chance of a lifetime. It’s a unique opportunity to be the person who helps someone through a crisis and to learn more about your own selflessness. With the comprehensive training we provide for our volunteers, you will gain life-saving skills that can be used everywhere.


Hotline Volunteer

Are you a good listener? Caring? Supportive? Understanding? Do you want a real challenge? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then San Francisco Suicide Prevention may be right for you! As a Hotline Volunteer, you will be doing the following:

  • Providing emotional support in a non-judgmental manner
  • Assessing for risk of suicide, de-escalating crises
  • Providing information and referrals when appropriate


Outreach Volunteer

Once trained to answer calls, you can also volunteer in our Community Outreach program and help out in the community in many different ways. Here are examples of some of the potential outreach volunteer activities:

  • Tabling at city community events
  • Public speaking on suicide prevention
  • Updating referral databases