What happens when someone calls a suicide hotline?

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rainyComfort51
December 13th, 2015 5:26pm
They say hello you say hello they ask you how you're doing then you talk about your problems and they try and help
WarmBeauty46
December 16th, 2015 5:09am
Someone answers and listens. Listens to everything you hav eto say in a caring and non judgmental way. It is an amazing experience with people that want to help you.
TopHattedTeaMan
December 16th, 2015 3:43pm
A caring person is there to help, a person who is disconnected from your situation and can therefore provide a clear solution and way forward to overcome the suicdal thoughts
ShiverWolf2000
December 16th, 2015 9:59pm
They will give the caller personal tips and attempt to calm the listener down and occupy their mind. Afterwards, they will recommend therapists and physical psychologists.
StormyAngles18
December 17th, 2015 12:51am
when someone calls a suicide hotline there is people who help you over come the thoughts of suicide and try to comfort you. And is completely private and you don't even have to tell them your name they are open 24/7 all the time.
BlaiseAllen42
December 17th, 2015 7:27am
If you are in the United States, there is a fairly new organization called called CTL, or Crisis Text Line. It's like suicide hotline, but uses texting from your cell phone rather than voice-to-voice speech. If you are more comfortable with texting, that outlet may be more helpful. For more information, go to crisistextline.org. (:
heatherishere64
December 17th, 2015 7:39pm
Whenever you call the suicide hotline they ask you questions on the phone, regarding the situation. They try to help and talk you through some things, however if they feel that you are a danger to yourself and you have an actual plan on doing something, they will definitely (and if not) consider putting you into a mental facility or hospital for your safety however if you don't have a plan, they talk through it with you and they help you analyze everything that is going on, I have personally called the suicide hotline, I didn't get sent to the hospital, but the hotline was super helpful although it may seem scary to call them, nothing bad happened to me however. I believe you can do it and just believe that if you want help that you can do it too!
JoeMarlo
December 17th, 2015 10:49pm
You will put onto one of the lines lovely operators and after which they will ask you some questions such as your current state and situation. If they feel that you are going to take your life they will pursue further methods of talking you down and sometimes calling or alerting authorities to help you avoid such an awful event. If they feel as though you have calmed down or have changed your mind they will tell you to call any time and to seek help.
Jake0952838
December 18th, 2015 1:07am
When someone calls a suicide hotline, they connect to someone that takes the time out of their day to help others in need. They do this by calming them down, and afterwards suggesting resources to help them.
Arontastic
December 18th, 2015 8:20pm
The person on the other end tries their best talking you out of it. Don't hesitate calling them if you have anything going on. But don't call them for no reason...
Anonymous
December 19th, 2015 2:42pm
you will be put through to someone who's there to listen. They are helpful in a sense of someone there as a listening ear to try and help you or at least direct you to the right person or help. It's NOT a treatment, it's prevention. if you're having thoughts of suicide or you know someone who is, please do contact someone. your life is precious and so are you. Keep fighting
peachicus
December 20th, 2015 2:14am
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. 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. http://www.healthyplace.com/suicide/suicide-hotline-what-happens-when-you-call/
SerenityBlossom
December 23rd, 2015 2:15am
When you call a suicide hotline the person on the other end is there to make sure you are safe. If you are feeling suicidal or in danger of hurting yourself the person on the phone will ask you to take steps to help you become safe. If this is something you are unable to do, the police may be called to do a wellness check. Once you are safe the person on the phone is willing to listen. However, the thing that made you upset will likely not be resolved with one phone call. It is important you follow up with a mental health professional and let them know how you feel.
Anonymous
December 23rd, 2015 8:42pm
You get put through to a caring trained person who will talk through your feelings with you, help you to distract yourself snd cope with the suicudal feelings.
iouty
December 23rd, 2015 10:07pm
When someone calls a suicide hotline they are selected in order, to talk to a trained professional about their crisis.
wonderfulSunrise85
December 24th, 2015 12:55am
They get the help they need to stay safe. Someone is there to listen to you, so don't be afraid. If you're are afraid take a deep breath and trust yourself.
Anonymous
December 24th, 2015 11:48am
So people will answer, and they will talk to you about how you're feeling. If they think you are unsafe, they will alert the authorities.
Anonymous
December 25th, 2015 6:15am
I actually called a suicide hotline. They gave me some encouragement and helped me find the help I needed.
Anonymous
December 25th, 2015 2:48pm
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. 
gentleCandy44
December 26th, 2015 1:46pm
They receive help that they require at the certain moment , they receive someone to talk to when they need
SmileyJess
December 27th, 2015 8:41pm
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.
ManzanaDeAmor
December 30th, 2015 2:45pm
When you call a suicide hotline, a trained person will answer and will try and talk you through your feelings and hopefully prevent your suicide, they are very helpful and everything you say to them is confidential, so you can talk in confidence.
CatTheByrd
December 31st, 2015 3:33am
They get help from the person that is on the other line. It could be a variety of things, it depends on the call.
Lalaxoxo
January 1st, 2016 6:02pm
They speak to someone who discusses through the problem. They will not ask questions you are not comfortable answering, and they will talk you through everything you want to as long as you want. They are very supportive and will always be there to talk through whatever XO
Putere
January 1st, 2016 6:40pm
You will just talk to the person on the other end. You'll be asked what's going on to make you feel suicidal, and you will be given options on how to help.
incrediblePurple91
January 1st, 2016 7:42pm
Upon connecting with the suicide hotline, a live counselor will be on the other end of the line ready to speak with you about whatever you may need. They are trained professionals that are given the delicate task of speaking with suicide hotline callers.
ListeningEarsMatt
January 2nd, 2016 4:28am
A trained person will answer your call, listen to your problems and provide information with mental health services in that persons area. If that person is in danger to themselves or others, a notification will be made to a nearby police department to assess the situation.
Anonymous
January 2nd, 2016 7:24am
This is not something I have experienced. But psychiatric wards can be really scary. It's best if you can get help before it gets to that point.
Pat
January 2nd, 2016 9:56pm
When someone calls a suicide hotline, the hotline employee will assess the caller to ensure that they are safe. If they are safe, they may provide some telephone counseling in order to better assist them with what the caller is going through. If the caller is not safe at that time, the employee will most likely try to take measures to ensure their safety and well-being. This can include an onsite visitation from a hotline representative or it can involve emergency services. They do what must be done to care for you. Every hotline is different though.
fernyy3
January 3rd, 2016 6:05pm
When you cal a suicide hotline you will be directed to someone who will ask you for your name and address. That is just to keep track just in case you call again and they can pull up what you talked to them in a previous call to help you the best they can. They will talk with you through your emotions.