IamA suicide hotline worker and suicide prevention specialist at a local nonprofit...AMA!
Hi all! I did a quick AMA last year that generated a lot of good discussion, so I'm back for more!
I've worked for a little over a year on a suicide hotline, and for the last several months as a suicide specialist and educator. I work in middle- and high-schools, training teens on prevention techniques. I also do work in the local community, increasing awareness of mental health issues - suicide and depression in particular.
If you know anyone who is suicidal or in a psychological crisis, there are resources for you out there! Anyone can call national suicide prevention hotlines, including concerned family/friends.
National Lifeline (for those in the US): link
List of International Suicide Hotlines: link
Suicide.org, great resource for stats/advice/resources: link
Proof: The ID cardI use to get into the building, and one of the phones in the hotline room!
EDIT: Thanks for all the great questions guys! It's time for me to go join my friends in losing badly at bar trivia, but I appreciate all of you who took the time to stop by. Hopefully I was able to answer some of your pressing questions about suicide hotlines and prevention!