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What happens when someone calls a suicide hotline?

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Last Updated: 07/03/2020 at 2:30pm
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November 15th, 2015 10:55am
They usually try to help you calming down and try to show emphathy and understanding of the issues while trying to make you rethink. If the situation is extreme they can call 999
November 18th, 2015 1:27am
They may help but if they dont help as much then try going in a group chat or call other hotlines so they might help
November 18th, 2015 2:16pm
When someone calls a suicide hotline he or she needs immediate care or needs someone to help her or him because he or she might have been going through something rellh bad
November 18th, 2015 10:15pm
Well, that depends on what is being called for. If you are calling simply for support, they will either talk to you or transfer you to a counseling hotline. If you call with the serious intent on hurting yourself, they will ask for a home address or the phone number of a parent or guardian to get you help.
November 19th, 2015 9:44am
Most of the time you will simply talk with someone about what is going on in your life. They will make suggestions of how and where to seek the help you need.
November 19th, 2015 11:27pm
The specialists help this someone out. They listen to him and try to do their best to stop the suicidal mood.
November 20th, 2015 12:47am
I am not exactly sure but I am pretty sure someone answers and you talk to them about your suicidal thoughts. They don't call the Police or anything like that you just talk to them.
November 20th, 2015 7:40pm
First of all they let them talkj and talk to get there feelings out. Hoping they are calm enough to talk about solution.
November 22nd, 2015 8:22am
The person on the other end of the line will ask you what you're biggest issues are and what kind of help you think you need. They will listen and assess your current mental status and determine whether you are in a immediate emergency and take appropriate action for you. Your safety is the highest priority.
November 25th, 2015 1:41am
They are calling to have someone listen to what they are going through. I would refer them to a suicide hotline if I feel I cannot help them.
November 25th, 2015 4:49am
Someone help you with. They ask what you are doing, where you are, why you are doing what you're doing.... they try to help you in the best way possible. It's amazing.
November 25th, 2015 1:09pm
It get hanged up
November 26th, 2015 4:10am
I have never called a suicide hotline but I imagine they will ask you what's happened why you feel that way and then try to make you feel better or give you free therapy.
November 26th, 2015 8:30pm
They ask your name and why you are calling. They help you work out your problems. They are supper kind and just want to help you feel better. They will talk with you for as long you need even if it is for over an hour. Overall, they want to help you and will give you advice on your problems.
November 27th, 2015 9:27pm
There is nothing to worry about if you ring a suicide hotline. There are professionals there to help you. They genuinely care and won't judge you for what you're going through.
November 28th, 2015 8:37pm
well i think it very much depends on the age of the caller, where in the world you are and on the policy of a particular hotline. In hotlines for under 19s it is common practice for them to say that they will contact someone if they feel you are a danger to yourself or others. This is also the case for some adult hotlines. In general though suicide hotlines offer people space to express their feelings and problems and possibly discuss any possible solutions. Many suicide hotlines also signpost to other local services and resources
November 29th, 2015 2:57am
Someone picks up and basically tries to make you feel not suicidal anymore. I personally found it invalidating, but that's because I struggle with feeling like my feelings are valid. I've called twice.
November 29th, 2015 11:29am
You are put through to people who listen and talk to you,and are there to help through the night .They offer a excellent support networh and do not judge
December 2nd, 2015 4:09am
it saves someone's life & it persuades them to never do something like that again & life is a great thing.
December 2nd, 2015 2:57pm
They will listen to you, learn about your situation, ask leading questions and will then tell you about mental health services in your area.
December 3rd, 2015 12:52pm
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.
December 3rd, 2015 10:03pm
You will be connected to a very loving, kind, understanding person who will help you cope with your feelings and hopefully make you feel a lot better
December 4th, 2015 3:33pm
I don't really know. I never had one called on me. My parents didn't know and very people knew about me being suicidal.
December 5th, 2015 11:25am
When Someone calls a suicide hot line, A trained personnel answers the call and listens to your situation. they May give you Calming techniques or give you recommended groups to visit or other trained personnel to help you!
December 6th, 2015 4:30pm
When you call they will just ask you a few general questions for example how are you feeling, what's the reason etc they will basically be there as a from of support to talk to you in the hopes that you will choose to change your mind
December 11th, 2015 12:50pm
they will have to talk to the person on the other end and the person on the other end will likely ask them to talk about how they're feeling
December 12th, 2015 12:06am
They will ask you a lot of questions about you, what is around you and in my experience they began asking me to describe certain things. "Tell me what is on your shelf." "What colors are in your room?" There main goal is to distract your mind and then they will try engage you in detailed conversation.
December 12th, 2015 3:05am
A person will talk you through steps in order to help you and make you feel better. If they are worried that you are in immediate danger of yourself, they will call an ambulance to your house.
December 12th, 2015 4:27am
Someone who is warm and genuine will answer the phone and tell you what hotline you've reached. They'll have to ask you if you're thinking of killing yourself, or if you've thought about it recently. They'll talk you through whatever is going on that made you call, and talk to you about the actual concept of killing yourself. Basically they're there to help you in the moment and give you someone who will listen and understand what you're going through.
December 13th, 2015 4:58am
When someone calls a suicide hotline they will be connected with someone who is trained to support and offer solace to those who are experiencing suicidal thoughts. They will help the person to think clearly about the situation, give hope and understanding to the person, and help them in making a safe plan to make sure they are going to be safe. They may also provide them with trusted resources such as contact information for a counsellor or mental health professional before the end of the call.