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LISTENERS (THE): Suicide Hotline
Follow eleven college students as they undergo the nation's most rigorous training to answer calls on a suicide hotline.
Since the early 70's, Headquarters in Lawrence, KS, has been at the forefront of volunteer crisis counseling. With a uniquely rigorous training program, HQ volunteers undergo several weeks of study and guided role-play in preparation to deal with callers who are in crisis - often on the edge of self-destruction.
THE LISTENERS follows eleven carefully-selected volunteers who undergo this training, which demands more of them psychologically than they ever expected, a personal sacrifice that also encourages personal growth, and prepares them to be courageous and empathetic in a way that years of collective experience have proven effective. Learning how to listen with empathy and without judging proves harder and more taxing than the volunteers imagined, and mastering the skills necessary to save lives becomes a quest that will change their own forever.