From South Dakota
I joined IMAlive as a crisis responder because it felt like a calling. When Random Acts announced they would be sponsoring the training I jumped and emailed them the very first day it was open. I had no idea if I would qualify as I have no background education in mental health, however, I previously worked at a Domestic Violence shelter and took crisis calls on a regular basis. I currently work at a homeless shelter and meet many individuals in crisis and suffering from mental illness. Working at both places also meant I had had encounters with individuals who had suicidal thoughts.
Within two weeks of completing my training for IMAlive I used it to talk with two patrons at the shelter having suicidal ideations. I was so grateful.
Hmm, something about me. I’m an empty nester with three grown sons out on their own. And this is my third career!! I have a Medical Technology degree which I practiced for 17 years, then was a cosmetics Director for 10 and now I work in non-profit. One never knows where life’s journey will lead and I am a true believe in lifelong learning.