IamA counselor for a suicide crisis line. AMA!
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*EDIT 1/16/16 5:22pm PST: You guys, it has been so lovely talking with all of you! At this time I can't take any more questions. I am noticing many many repeats, so if you search through previous questions and answers, I am likely to have addressed your question before. Everyone who asked a question before this cut-off time (5:22pm PST) I will try to get around to your questions when I can, but I have spent many hours on this thread and I really need to go get some other things done! I really enjoyed talking with you all! :) *
I have volunteered as a crisis counselor for a USA-based suicide & crisis line for over a year. I've spoken with people from all walks of life and from all around the country and had the honor of knowing their stories. Although it is the main purpose of the service, I don't only have visitors who are actively suicidal. Some of our visitors are just having a bad day and need to vent to someone, some are struggling with addiction, abuse, figuring out their sexuality, divorce, physical illness, bullying, or even hallucinations and delusions. Ask me anything. If responding requires me to tell a story of a specific conversation, I will leave out or change any identifying details. Visitors' privacy is extremely important to me. Also, feel free to share your experiences contacting a crisis line, if you ever have. What was helpful or unhelpful for you?
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