Configuring the caller in ambiguous encounters: volunteer handling of calls to Samaritans emotional support services.

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This paper discusses volunteer strategies for handling and assessing calls to Samaritans emotional support services for the suicidal and despairing. It presents findings from the qualitative components of a two-year mixed methods study based on an online caller survey, branch observations and interviews with volunteers and callers throughout the U.K. A… (More)

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