What happens when someone calls a suicide hotline?

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aliamarietalia
January 13th, 2016 3:50pm
From healthy place.com: Depending on the suicide hotline, your call may be routed to a central location or, as in the case of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your call may be answered by the center closest to you. When you call, you'll typically hear a message confirming the number you have reached and then on-hold music until someone can answer your call. Someone who is trained to listen will then pick up and talk to you.
MrShyListener
January 22nd, 2016 3:55am
They are connected with a call line helper who is trained to talk to people in crisis. They will listen to you and be supportive. During the call they will aim to help you improve your state of mind to a place where you are no longer in crisis, or are dealing with your crisis. They do not judge and they serve only in your best interests.
Anonymous
October 21st, 2014 6:04pm
You'll explain the situation to the listener as best you can. You don't have to say anything that you don't want to. But remember that the person on the other end of the phone is there to help you as best they can. After you've explained what you can, the listener will explore options on how to deal with the situation in a reasonable manner.
Lovelytragedy
October 28th, 2014 3:49am
When someone calls a suicide hotline it the person on the hotline will try their best to evaluate how serious the situation is, try to talk the person out of what they are doing, or immediately call for help to go to your location.
fromthesea
November 9th, 2014 12:52pm
I have never called a suicide hotline myself, but I think they'll be convinced to stay here and live this life. They'll calm you and they'll help you.
Urgarlayessica88
November 10th, 2014 10:50am
for the most part you will talk to someone that is specialize in this matter and will do as much as they can to help you over come your un ease thoughts.
Marina727
November 19th, 2014 6:09pm
Someone asks you what is going on, then listens without judging. The hotline worker will inquire about your thoughts of suicide and whether you are currently safe or need immediate assistance. If you are just having thoughts (and not currently acting on them), the worker will attempt to provide you emotional support, discuss options and ideas for how to help you cope, and possibly work on a self-care or safety plan with you. The police will not be called unless you indicate that you are in the process of a suicide attempt and not able to keep yourself safe during the conversation.
Anonymous
March 12th, 2015 7:19pm
They tell you that if it's critical then you need to call 911 or some line like that. But if it's not, they'll ask you why are you planning on doing it and things like that, so they just try to convince you not to do it. It is almost like 7CupsOfTea but they're just listeners who are more trained to deal with this specific topic. (Suicide I mean.)
LilyFlowers
May 6th, 2015 3:11am
They should be connected with someone who is supportive and helpful on the other end. Someone who they can talk to and that person can help them. I called a line for that for a school interview, and even though I wasn't at risk, he helped me a lot. Which helped me later in life when i became at risk. They can save lives.
Anonymous
May 8th, 2015 6:31pm
They will talk to you about how you feel and will advise you what to do or get you the help that you need
Sunshinegirl23
August 30th, 2015 9:52pm
When someone calls a suicide hotline a trained professional will answer the phone and talk to the person who is calling and try to see what the problem is. Advice will be given to the person who is calling and the caller will be told about mental health services within their areas. The trained professional will even look into over night facilities for the caller to help them seek further attention. In some cases when the trained professional can't help much more, this is when the police will become involved without the callers permission. It is worth calling if you think you have an issue.
PoliteOcean
September 2nd, 2015 1:16am
Anyone who calls a suicide hotline could have a different experience. Just know that they are there to help and aide one into making a choice to be and stay safe and will be there to talk when one is in a crisis situation. They will also try to get one the help they need by offering help and referrals to other places that may also help one who is in crisis.
Anonymous
September 3rd, 2015 3:00am
You are connected to a trained listener who will listen to whatever you need to say and help you get what you need.
Anonymous
September 3rd, 2015 6:46pm
They will be talking to someone on the end of the phone who will try everything to help them and calm their nerves
admirableParadise40
September 4th, 2015 8:16pm
Depending on the suicide hotline, your call may be routed to a central location or, as in the case of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your call may be answered by the center closest to you. When you call, you'll typically hear a message confirming the number you have reached and then on-hold music until someone can answer your call. Once your call is answered, a caring and trained person will listen to you, learn about your situation, ask questions and will then generally tell you about mental health services in your area. Services in your area can range from a mobile response team to a suicide prevention center staffed with counselors where you can be accommodated overnight.
Anonymous
September 6th, 2015 3:08am
What will happen is an alive person will answer your call. They will ask you why you want to do this to yourself and if you have tried to before. Remember, it's our and their goal. To get you feeling happy and regretful of tying to kill yourself. Your life matters
coolvibes
September 9th, 2015 12:26am
when someone calls the suicide hotline a professional answers and then asks questions. The professional will listen too see exactly how they can help the person needing assistance, whether that's through immediate care; or through referral to other support. Sometimes they just chat and try to help the person work through the caller is currently experiencing.
Anonymous
September 11th, 2015 2:23am
They get assistance, they're able to speak to someone about their issues and hopefully make changes.
Anonymous
September 12th, 2015 3:34am
Depending on the hotline, you'll be directed to another person for direct support and if they're busy you will be on hold.
Miracle
September 12th, 2015 5:06pm
It depends very much which hotline you call. Most of the time they are answered by volunteers who know it's hard to talk, it's a little like 7cups but they are TRAINED to talk about suicidal thoughts too.
Anonymous
September 13th, 2015 12:32am
The suicide hotline answers and immediately helps the person and tries to get where they live to help them and stop them from doing what they say/feel like doing.
elizabethgmassey
September 17th, 2015 6:06am
When I called two years ago I had a life changing experience. The woman I was connected with was amazing.
Anonymous
September 17th, 2015 9:05pm
They get helped in whichever way possible. I have not had any need of their services, so I can not answer this question properly.
PriscilaOrellana
September 20th, 2015 5:39am
It means this person really knows what problem has and the help that needs. If this person calls is because don't really want to die.
Anonymous
September 23rd, 2015 7:56am
Alot of things could happen when you call a suicide hotline. A suicide hotline is very serious, there fore they will take your responses very seriously. they will most likely send out medical care if they feel you are in danger. But they are very helpful to talk to if you feel suicidal.
Anonymous
September 24th, 2015 9:38pm
They try talking to you. And asking questions. If you immediately need help they suggest you call 911 on yourself. Youll probably be admitted into a pysch ward.
emikee
September 26th, 2015 12:36am
Depending on the suicide hotline, your call may be routed to a central location or, as in the case of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, your call may be answered by the center closest to you. When you call, you'll typically hear a message confirming the number you have reached and then on-hold music until someone can answer your call.
ListeningOak
September 26th, 2015 4:40pm
Like 7Cups, The suicide hotline exists to provide you with the best assistance they can. The Suicide Hotline has resources better suited to the needs of someone in imminent crisis and who is a danger to themselves but it is only there to help.
Anonymous
September 27th, 2015 10:38pm
You talk with someone who cares for your safety and wants to help you talk through whatever's happening.
Anonymous
October 21st, 2015 10:37pm
When you aren't in hold anymore there will be someone kind and caring asking about your situation and trying to understand what your going through. Then they will try to tell you to go to the nearest mental health center..