One of the exciting programs we are introducing in 2018 is our Navigators Giving Club. Our suicide prevention and intervention programs provide suicide prevention and intervention assistance 24 hours per day, 365 days per year, to help individuals and families have a brighter future. Provident’s cost to train and support one Crisis Worker is $3,264. These are our “mental health first responders.” On average, one Crisis Worker will answer 936 calls a year—290 of which are from suicidal individuals. That’s 290 lives saved by each Crisis Worker.
Our goal is to raise at least $58,752 annually to directly support training 18 Crisis Workers. Your Navigators Giving Club membership covers their 80+ hours of training and one year’s worth of oversight, ongoing training, and supervision. These are the men and women on the front lines with callers seeking a listening ear in some of the most desperate times in their lives.
Provident is fortunate to have 72 Crisis Workers and clinicians cover the Crisis Hotline every moment of every day. Last year alone, they answered a total of 66,065 calls, of which approximately 31% were from suicidal individuals. That equates to 19,266 lives saved. And the need continues to grow in our communities. We estimate that our hotline will help over 20,000 individuals find hope again this year. Those are more than voices on the phone to us—they are sons, daughters, wives, husbands, parents, grandparents, friends, and loved ones.