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WE'RE HERE FOR YOU 24/7. SUICIDE PREVENTION AND 2-1-1/ Youth Crisis Mobile Response:

Crisis Contact Chat Specialist

HeartLine is seeking strong candidates for consideration for the position of Crisis Contact Chat Specialist for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Please include your availability in your cover letter.


HeartLine provides 24/7 support to individuals and families with a primary focus to de-escalate crisis situations presented via phone, text and chat services. Situations can range from relationship struggles, parenting issues, child abuse, anxiety, depression to suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts in progress. Specialists assess caller needs, provide information about or linkage with appropriate service providers, offer advocacy assistance when required, and follow-up, as assigned, to ensure that the individual’s needs are met.


  • Responds to crisis chats/texts and provide emotional support, assessment, crisis intervention, and treatment/support referrals to individuals in a consistent and non-judgmental manner.
  • Consistently and accurately assess each chat/texter for suicide risk following assessment protocols and practices; provide adequate and relevant safety/action planning for each contact.
  • Offer and provide follow-up services to individuals at risk of suicide, suicide loss survivors, or third-party contacts.
  • Gather information about the circumstances that precipitated the call and the caller’s specific needs for assistance.
  • Serve as a mandated reporter in cases of suspected abuse.
  • Follow through on imminent risk assessments to assure emergency contact is made and confirm outcomes or re-engage as instructed using the ASIST model.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all contacts adhering to HeartLine’s policies and procedures.
  • Complete required HeartLine paperwork, including the recording of all calls in the resource database accordingly.
  • Utilize supervisory consultation for guidance, support, or debriefing as needed.
  • Attend in-services and continuing education events to improve skills and be alerted to changes in policies or procedures.
  • Actively participate in HeartLine’s community disaster/emergency response plan.


Bachelor-level college degree is strongly preferred. Experience in mental health, crisis intervention, counseling, psychology, or community non-profit a plus. Reliable with a willingness to work flexible hours, including overnight shifts, holidays, weekends, and change as needed according to coverage needs. Must have the ability to work independently with confidence, as well as work as an integral part of a team of professionals.


HeartLine supports a comfortable, yet professional work environment. Courtesy, respect, and equitable treatment are expected. Staff members receive support, recognition, and appreciation for jobs well done. There are opportunities for participation, challenge, and broadening experiences.

The environmental conditions described are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.

Routine office environment.

Job Types: Full-time, Contract

Pay range: $16.00 - $19.00 per hour

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