Becoming a volunteer

Helping prevent suicide

Becoming a volunteer with Suicide Action Montreal is an especially rewarding experience on many levels. In addition to receiving in-depth training in crisis intervention, you will be part of a team of 150 people who promote the same values of community and solidarity. You will also be part of the solution to suicide, which is a serious problem in Quebec.

To be a volunteer

  • Being 18 years old or older.
  • Being able to express yourself in French (written and spoken). Bilingualism is an asset.
  • Being able to easily establish good interpersonal relationships: know how to communicate with others and understands their needs.
  • Have good listening and communications skills: understand the speaker’s message and clearly communicate the relevant information orally or in writing.
  • Empathetic: able to put yourself in the place of others, perceive what they are feeling.
  • Being able to intervene gently, with respect and confidentiality.
  • Communicate in a friendly, courteous manner.
  • Well-balanced person.
  • Willing to volunteer for 150 hours (four hours per week). Volunteer hours are between 8 a.m. and midnight, every day of the week.
  • To be able to come to our offices, located in Montreal.

To become a volunteer, please send a cover letter, including your phone number, by email to Marc Pagé at

Anyone who asks to be a volunteer will be contacted within the next two weeks for a brief telephone interview. If your application is successful, be aware that there may be a waiting period before you can participate in any of the trainings offered to become a volunteer.

Once you have been accepted, you receive practical and theoretical training, and work with an experienced volunteer for your first few telephone shifts. You are free to take various training workshops that are held throughout the year. Regardless of when you are helping someone in distress, you can count on the support of an employee. We want to help you help others!

To become a volunteer, please send a cover letter, including your phone number, by email to Marc Pagé at