Crisis Intervention Center needs volunteers

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - With two murder-suicides happening in the Capitol City within a week, it can be rather hard to deal with the loss. There is a program in Baton Rouge to help ease the pain.

The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center started the program 10 years ago. It is made up of volunteer counselors who help people in need deal with tragedy. The center partners with the East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office. Officials say you should never try to deal with it on your own.

Director Norma Rutledge said the center receives 25,000 crisis calls a year.

"The coroner's office saw that there was an increase need for emotional support and first-aid at scenes for others that have experience a lost to some other traumatic event," said Rutledge.

East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark said he has connected families that have suffered a  loss with the outreach program. He has seen his share of homicides and suicides, and he says it can be pretty hard to bear.

"It's pretty horrific stuff obviously. It's traumatic, and certainly a lot of these deaths are very untimely and pays a heavy toll to a lot of individuals in our community," said Clark.

The center is looking for volunteers to help with the program. You don't have to be an expert in anything, but just be willing to help others.

The program is in need of volunteers. If you have any questions about the program, you can call 225-924-1431.  If you need help call the 24-hour hotline at (225) 924-3900.

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