MEET THE TEAM
When someone calls AMALA Hopeline, who picks up? Amala Hopeline peer counselors.
AMALA's youth volunteers, all over the age of 18, are certified Mental Health First Aid counselors. The training, developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health, addresses handling crisis and non-crisis phone calls. This includes topics like anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and substance abuse. Volunteers are equipped to help callers, recognizing cultural nuances which may be impacting the caller.
Follow-up trainings and meetings are also held as the counselor's volunteer for the line to make sure they are well equipped to deal with the calls they recieve. Supervisors are also present at each shift to handle more difficult calls/situations. These hopeline peer counselors are not licensed professionals, they are trained, para-professional peer counselors.
The Muslim American Society Social Services Foundation ( MAS SSF) in Sacramento sponsors and is the mother organization of the AMALA Hopeline. MAS SSF is a part of MAS Sacramento, which is a local chapter of the national Muslim American Society.
MAS SSF Sacramento offers a variety of social services for the Muslim community. These services include counseling- personal or group, support groups, educational workshops on mental health/stress management, premarital counseling, and resource referral. Learn more about them on their website: www.mas-ssf.org/
For more information on our team, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.