I have worked at a suicide hotline for four years, and in two weeks I am running the Boston Marathon to raise awareness for suicide prevention. AMA!
My name is Diana, and I have been involved with Samaritans since September 2014. Samaritans is a Boston-based suicide prevention organization that provides a 24-hour crisis line, grief support services, and community outreach initiatives. I started as a volunteer taking calls on the hotline, but I have also spent time working as staff (involving doing many overnight shifts), training new volunteers, and supervising during more challenging calls.
On April 15, I'll be running the Boston Marathon to support Samaritans. If you feel that our work is helpful, you can consider donating to my fundraiser here: link
Ask me about volunteering, grief support services, or how to support someone in your life you may be concerned about. Alternatively, you can ask me about running 20+ miles! The only thing I can't get into is specific details of calls (for confidentiality reasons), but everything else is on the table. I also have a couple of staff members here using the account /u/samaritanshope, so they might jump in for some questions!
Edit 1: Here are some resources put together by our staff, for those of you who are interested!
If you’re struggling and need someone to talk to, Samaritans’ Helpline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call or text us anytime at (877) 870-4673.
If you’ve lost someone to suicide and are in need of support, please visit Samaritans’ Grief Support Services page for resources.
If you’re worried that someone you know may be suicidal, there are a number of ways to help. We encourage you to listen, ask, and get help, as outlined on the How to Help page.
Many people struggling with depression or having suicidal thoughts give clues to how they’re feeling. You can be the first step towards help for someone you care about by learning to recognize the warning signs of suicide.
Edit 2: Thanks for your questions and comments, guys! I have to head out, but you can check out the resources above for more information. Have a wonderful evening!