The Suicide prevention centre (CPS) is there to listen to people in distress. However, volunteers have recently become rare. The team, which receives around 20,000 calls a year, is doing the best it can with what it has, La Dernière Heure reported on Thursday. The team is struggling to handle the 24 hour a day calls. “There are around 60 of us, but with summer coming, many will go off on holiday. That will make things even more complicated. Ideally, there would be around 70 of us”, explains Myrtille Neupré, the volunteer coordinator at the CPS.
Becoming a volunteer is a big commitment. Each volunteer must agree to work 20 hours a month at the centre.
The next training courses – which last 7 months – will start in September. Applications are now open.