Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center
4760 S Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
Sandri Kramer, previous Crisis Line Director of Didi Hirsch’s Suicide Prevention Center (SPC), has over 20 years of experience in suicide prevention and crisis center work. A native of The Netherlands, Sandri graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Experimental Psychology—with an emphasis in Cultural Anthropology—from the University of Texas in Arlington. Her Post-Undergraduate work was in The Netherlands in Forensic Psychology. After moving to Los Angeles, Sandri stayed involved in suicide prevention as a volunteer while focusing her professional career on anthropology. Her full-time job as an environmental documentary producer took her all around the world—until she settled into directing the oldest suicide crisis line in the U.S. and one of the busiest call centers in the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network.
Sandri is certified through Living Works as a safeTALK and ASIST Master Trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training), and provides training and consultation services to the crisis line staff and to a multitude of educational, human service and law enforcement agencies. She is a sought-after public speaker and trainer on crisis intervention and suicide prevention and has appeared in numerous media outlets. She is passionate about the role of crisis centers in suicide prevention and grateful for every single volunteer and staff member of the crisis line team.
In February 2015 Sandri stepped down from her role as Crisis Line Director to focus more intently on Program Development and Public Awareness/Training. As the Suicide Prevention Project Manager she is now working on developing SPC’s online crisis services and broadening its role in emergency management as a core center of the national Disaster Distress Helpline. She is currently serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Crisis Organization Directors (NASCOD).