Welcome to LifeSavers Training Corp. site.
LifeSavers is a peer-support, suicide and crisis-prevention program developed to train young adults to be caring listeners in their interactions with their peers. A team approach to helping teenagers cope healthfully with the challenges of drugs and alcohol, peer and family relationships, sexual issues, violence, academic problems, death and grieving, aggression, anxiety, and suicide.
LifeSavers is often the first line of defense for high school communities, because it utilizes our greatest assets in helping young people--the young people themselves. LifeSavers trains selected students from 9th through 12th grades to be skilled listeners who can responsibly help other students deal with the emotional crises of adolescence. Students are not trained to be peer counselors, but to be listeners. LifeSavers are also trained to recognize when a peer's problem is beyond their abilities and to know what resources are available to refer peers to for the appropriate help.
Students participate in a three-day training retreat in which trainees gain a better understanding of the teenage concerns which can lead to a real crisis: alcohol and drug use, sexuality and relationship issues, stress, anger, ineffective communication. Trainees learn how to recognize signs of depression, chemical dependency or abuse, eating disorders, and suicide warning signs, among others.
And the growth and commitment continue through the school year in regularly scheduled meetings at which LifeSavers organize activities to enhance their school and their peers and to share their concerns within a responsible and supportive group.
In the last several years, LifeSavers Training Corporation has trained other schools in southern Illinois (Alton, Benton, Cahokia, Carbondale, Carrier Mills-Stonefort, Carterville, Chester, Egyptian, Eldorado, Elverado, Galatia, Gallatin County, Herrin, Highland, O'Fallon, Marion, Murphysboro, Mt. Vernon, Nashville, Norris City-Omaha-Enfield, Pinckneyville, Sparta, Steeleville, Trico, Waterloo, Wesclin, West Frankfort) with significant positive results in these communities.