In Lawrence, Kansas, 11 young volunteers undergo some of the nation’s most rigorous training to become volunteer counselors in a suicide hotline call center at Headquarters, a crisis center since the early 70’s, and legendary for its level of commitment through volunteer counseling. 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. In the face of America’s least-understood public health issue comes a stirring documentary about courage, service and personal sacrifice.
Endorsed by the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
"As a crisis center director, what I liked most about The Listeners is the opportunity to be a fly on the wall of another center’s training! There were times when the words the trainers spoke were verbatim what we would say in our center across the country. I would love to share this film with my team to show them the connectedness we all share as a crisis center movement and community. I loved it when Joe took his first call at the end! I actually cheered for him in my office!"