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Voix_de_la_Mer
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posted May 26, 2017 07:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voix_de_la_Mer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dear Friends,

due to the nature of this forum, we have had and will have again, members posting who are feeling low and are considering suicide. There is one member I am aware of who did actually complete suicide. This has long been on my mind.

While we can offer each other emotional support and empathy here, sometimes that is not enough.

I would like to compile a directory of professional suicide support services, covering the whole world that members who are feeling at risk can contact for support.

---------------- I will need your help ----------------

If you are aware of any telephone or land-based suicide support, prevention, or intervention services in your area/country, please post them here.
This post will be updated ongoing, I will update the locations as they come in, and hopefully we can build a comprehensive list for those who are struggling.
*** Please post the name of the website and the link, thank you.***

PLEASE NOTE: I have checked all the website links and they are live, however, I am unable to check the hotlines.

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Global Suicide Support Services List

The UK

SAMARITANS http://www.samaritans.org/

SUPPORTLINE http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/suicide.php

PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide) http://www.papyrus-uk.org/

The USA

NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

CRISIS TEXTLINE http://www.crisistextline.org/textline /?gclid=Cj0KEQjwx6TJBRCWtsiXpI7bhOYBEiQA1en3F3GWw94ss1ELRzMVk2sJSPTSTXu79oM3FQ2k9EgaRIoaApyv8P8HAQ

USA SUICIDE HOTLINES BY STATE: http://www.suicide.org/suicide-hotlines.html

ARGENTINA

Centro de Valorizacion de la Vida Samaritanos
Hotline: + 54 (0) 223 493 0430
E-mail Helpline:samaritanosargentina@hotmail.com

AUSTRALIA
LIFELINE AUSTRALIA
Hotline: 13 11 14 http://www.lifeline.org.au/

BELGIUM
Centre de Prévention de Suicide http://www.preventionsuicide.be/

BRAZIL
CVV Sao Paulo - National Association http://www.cvv.org.br/

CANADA
Distress Centres Ontario http://www.dcontario.org/

DENMARK
Livslinien http://www.livslinien.dk/

FRANCE
SOS Help http://www.soshelpline.org/

HONG KONG
SAMARITANS http://samaritans.org.hk/

ITALY
Telefono Amico Italia http://www.telefonoamico.it/

JAPAN
Tokyo English Lifeline
Hotline: Counselling: 03 5774 0992
Hotline: Face to Face: 03 3498 0231 http://telljp.com/

NEW ZEALAND
Lifeline National Office
PO Box 7614
CHRISTCHURCH
Contact by: - Phone
Hotline: (64) 03 353 1136

NORWAY
Kirkens SOS i Norge (Landssekretariatet)
Hotline: +47 815 33 300 http://www.kirkens-sos.no/

PHILIPPINES
Manila Lifeline Centre
Contact by: - Phone
Hotline: (02) 8969191
Hotline: Mobile phone: 0917 854 9191

RUSSIAN FEDERATION
Samaritans (Cherepovets)
54, Stalevarov str.
162600
CHEREPOVETS
Contact by: Face to Face - Phone - Letter:
Hotline: 007 (8202) 577-577

SPAIN
Telefono de la Esperanza http://www.telefonodelaesperanza.org/

SRI LANKA
The National Council of Sri Lanka Sumithrayo http://www.srilankasumithrayo.org/

SWEDEN
Nationella Hjälplinjen
Box 22335
104 22
Stockholm
Contact by: - Phone
Hotline: 020 22 00 60 http://www.1177.se/Om-1177/Om-Hjalplinjen/

SWITZERLAND
La Main Tendue
Secretariat central
Zahringerstrasse 53
Case postale 835
CH-3000
BERNE 9
Hotline: 143 http://www.143.ch/

UKRAINE
Odessa Confidence Telephone Service
ODESSA
Contact by: Face to Face - Phone
Hotline: 0487 327715
Hotline: 0482 226565

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posted May 27, 2017 09:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you.

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Voix_de_la_Mer
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posted May 27, 2017 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voix_de_la_Mer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No probs!

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PixieJane
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posted May 27, 2017 06:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I called an emergency hotline once, though not for suicide. I later found out that line didn't have my best interests at heart--or more accurately, they had no realistic idea on how to deal with my problems or help me deal with them.

Since then I've heard others say the same, and that includes for the suicide prevention hotline. It came down to "talk to someone else" and stuff that is really obvious and has likely already been tried. That said, I heard from unhappy callers from the homeless, or those about to be, during my time as a volunteer helping the poor and homeless, so they had some severe problems where the platitudes are no longer enough, and the system can no longer help.

And one guy called was then told how to contact the local mental health (though he was suicidal over the thought of losing his job and everything by forces outside of his control rather than any lingering depression or other symptoms of mental illness), and they in turn essentially had him seized for observation against his will. He was able to get out after a few days (thanks to a watchdog group that guards against psychiatric abuse), but by then he was fired for not showing up (and thus homeless when I met him), so calling the national suicide hotline and following their instructions ended up causing that which he feared happening. The only way it "helped" is that he was so angry after that it countered any sense of hopelessness long enough to realize being homeless was just another daily grind, but it's a safe bet that he'll never call another suicide prevention line again.

So with that in mind, I'd like to expand this into something more specific, though I don't know effective those are. I have heard good things about RAINN for women AND men who have endured sexual abuse and trauma:
http://www.rainn.org/

Unfortunately, that's the only one I've ever heard good things about, at least to remember the name of it.

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posted May 27, 2017 06:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for PixieJane     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What I'm saying is that this thread should also include help services for domestic abuse, elderly abuse, and the like.

But that said, there isn't a safety net for everyone, and life is only easy and uncomplicated in TV shows. There are people who can help, but you'll always have to take charge of your own life, and not everyone who claims to want to help, or even sincerely desires to, will.

Calling a domestic violence line, for example, could help someone escape from an abusive home, but it will likely play havoc on any school (such as children might go to) and jobs, and a domestic abuse shelter can be filled with (and even staffed by) dysfunctional women that also make life unpleasant (assuming you can find one not already full), and there may be time limits. That is to say, calling such a hotline may be helpful, but it's extremely unlikely to be miraculous, it's just a hard path to walk to a better life.

As for child abuse, I should point out that the idea of the gestapo to swoop in to take children is a myth (more on that here ). A friend of mine vanished and an adult experienced with government bureaucracy spent 6 WEEKS calling agencies repeatedly, and the first action was a deputy to visit the father and get an unconfirmed report the girl was sent somewhere (this was true, though it was a place of legalized abuse--legal in the United States, but not most other western nations) and the deputy went away. And it normally takes months rather than weeks. And a mentor of mine stopped being a substitute teacher after he reported abuse of a little girl, which did result in a prompt visit, but also the death of the little girl as soon as the social worker left. I'm not saying that the system never works, sometimes there are happy stories, but some common sense has to be shown when calling such lines because as much as you might make yourself feel better with platitudes and easy actions, there are innocent victims who pay a dear price for such blind faith or even seeking to make one's self feel better rather than make life better for someone else.

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Voix_de_la_Mer
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posted May 28, 2017 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voix_de_la_Mer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey Pixie,

thank you for sharing these experiences. I think it's a great idea to include other support services. Childhood and domestic abuse are major factors in suicidality, so this makes sense. I will start working on this as soon as I am able. in the meantime, please do share any other relevant services and I will add them to the OP.

I have worked in suicide intervention, and know first hand that it is impossible to be everything to everyone. Often you hear of the many people who are not happy with services, and rarely hear about those who are, because they get busy living their lives! Evaluations and feedbacks are a good way to see how you are doing, but even with that, many people just thank you at the time and then they want to move on. They don't tend to rave about how great a service was, many in fact, try keep it a secret from those they love to protect them.

But I take your points on board. I truly cannot verify the efficacy of any of these services, without actually using them. Also, the quality of service will differ depending on the call-handler, counsellor, worker, etc. There are some people who are well-trained, psychologically-minded, empathetic and confident in this type of work, and there are others whose training is not up to par, lack empathy or emotional engagement skills or who it is just a job to.

We can't predict who someone will get, but even making the call or accessing or reading the website delays the suicidal act and gives the person some time to truly think about what they are doing.

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posted June 03, 2017 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I know what Doux is trying to do here, and I want to give her support for that. *Heart*

However....

I'm with P.J. on how hurtful and possibly dangerous it is to call a number and have the misfortune of hook up with a 'wrong person' on the phone when you are in a VULNERABLE moment.

If they SUCK, they suck.
It's NOT your fault if they are.
Shake off that 'guilt'..
It doesn't belong to you.

Realize that they (should) have meant well.
Stay ALIVE.


The caller should NOT be put-down as the 'insufficient' person when the counselor SUCKS.


Now, *TO BE FAIR* ... Gently. I 'understand' the types of clients you are mentioning, Voix. People need to help their own selves, too. ABSOLUTELY.

I understand about people who call and don't want to help themselves too..... But when the phone people SUCK, the caller is NOT the blame or scapegoat.

I know a few people who have called-in to lines like that (and, I had a support group once) --- I know of people who have said that if they were ever 'there' on the edge and needed one last push, then they would call one of those (so-called, and bad) lifelines to give them that extra-courage.


Sorry to seem like a wet-blanket --- but I've known a lot of folks, PLUS had my own experiences.

It's as P.J. says.

Some people 'suck' at being phone counselors. That's the RESPONSIBLITY of the Agency to screen the aptitudes (and ability to have empathy AND sympathy for people-- not just collecting volunteer points for a school-degree requirement?). IMO, these do more harm and are more dangerous than the blessing to merely have a phone that keeps ringing with no answer.

No counsel is much better than BAD counsel.

If a person needs to save their own life, they need to head straight for the hospital emergency room.

Better than that???? is a GOOODDD FRIEND (even a Kind Stranger you serendipitously meet), with a towel on their shoulder, and Time on their hands. (I've been that kind of person-- for strangers I didn't know.)



There was a time in my life in the latter 1990s, early 2000s, when I went through some emotionally very traumatic things.

During that time, I relied on some ministry-channels and prayer lines.

Lots and lots of prayers.
And I fevered in prayer WITH them.

I didn't just pray for myself... but agreed for Others who were also praying with me. And for ALL the people who would be reaching out for prayers through them... I held vigil, in the spirit.


I hadn't used this one in perhaps a decade now...
but I found some music that had a certain prayerline's number on the screen.

I checked it out--- was blessed that the number still works, and that there are LIVE individuals on the other end willing to pray with you.... *hold space with you*.

If you request, they can also add you to their monthly group of people they pray for, corporately.

Below.....

I'll include SONGS that helped me get through some really gnarly nights and days.

My Heart goes out to you....

____________________________________________

For *Christian* Oriented (at LL).

Prayerline[/b]
(for any soul, no matter what your Belief System)

Live!

Each Moment you do, and realize it, ..... Reward yourself, KNOWING that this Is a Success.

MANY TIMES!!!, you are JUST on the VERGE of a BREAKTHROUGH....
Press through it.
Hold on.
And Don't Let Go.[/I]
{{ }}

If you need to-- let GOD Hold you.

I leave you the vid with PrayerLine number.
I believe they're available 24/7.
(Sometimes you have to wait a while,
other times it's quick.)

1-888-731-1000 USA (they are also int'l)

(music) I Almost Let Go (Kurt Carr, with Kurt Carr Singers, TBN, *gospel*) [9:59] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLm9va_4JJc


These songs got me through some really dark nights.

(music) More Than I Can Bear (Kirk Franklin, God's Property, *gospel*) [5:22] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDuvsUTpUWw

(music) He Will Take the Pain Away (Kirk Franklin, God's Property *gospel*) [8:42] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0496HAx1bs


Now, For you to Get up and DANCE....

(music) STOMP (Kirk Franklin, God's Property, *gospel/hip-hop*) [5:08] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDuvsUTpUWw


No Weapon formed against....
including self-destructive forces.
Give it to God...
Doing nothing IS Good...
Let it FLOW Through you.
You don't have to do a thing,
but 'allow' God's Cosmic Force to Surround You,
Protect You,
Love you... even when you can't love your own self.

YOU are sooo LOVED. *Receive it* ....
YOU are BLESSED.
YOU are the Head, not the tail.
ABOVE, not beneath.
YOU are a TREASURED Soul.
YOU have WORTH far beyond what you could Imagine.

You are Safe ..... so safe. *hug*

(music) No Weapon formed Against {{{ }}} (Fred Hammond, lyrics) [5:03] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSrr9iwP_Oo


An LL Thread from DivDiv ... full of inspirational prayers and songs.

"A Solemn Prayer" ... http://www.linda-goodman.com/ubb/Forum21/HTML/000686.html


*Will adjust some paragraphs later,
to make for better use as Resource Material,
as-appropriate*


Thanks for all you do, Voix!
You're an Angel!

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Randall
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posted July 07, 2017 11:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks, mirage.

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posted September 07, 2017 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We are in disaster preparations here in Florida today, for Hurricane Irma, Category 5. Has already gone through the Islands ... and is due to come on land in South Florida.

My locale is in the track of the storm. I may not have this residence after the storm, so also, without a fancy cellphone connected to the internet, I may go "missing" for a long time here. *heads up*

{My Virgo Moon is worrier-warrior prone! .. I hope I'm just having prepper-anxieties??? .. Sense of Humor still intact.}

Could travel up either or BOTH coasts depending on its track, then, could "possibly" affect coastal regions of south-eastern Atlantic states... including Georgia (LL Randall *bheart*), the Carolinas, and heading north.

Another follow-up Hurricane Jose follows Irma.
We just had Hurricane Harvey hit the coastal regions of Texas Aug 25 ... and up to Louisiana and Tennessee.

While I was searching for Coping Tips, I found these. Thought it would make a good addition to this thread.

Love you... Take Care

REFs for you.

Filled with links
- http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline/coping-tips

More Rich Resource Links
- http://www.floridah ealth.gov/programs-and-services/emergency-preparedness-and-response/healthcare-system-preparedness/disaster-behavioral-health/index.html

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Voix_de_la_Mer
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posted September 24, 2017 05:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voix_de_la_Mer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thank you for this Mirage. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread, as I have been unable to post more at present.

I hope you are safe!

Sending love to all those affected by the hurricanes.

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posted September 25, 2017 10:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Voix_de_la_Mer:
Thank you for this Mirage. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread, as I have been unable to post more at present.

I hope you are safe!

Sending love to all those affected by the hurricanes.


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posted October 10, 2017 10:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
WORLD MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS DAY
October 10th

Jupiter moved into Scorpio today.

*bump*

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posted October 11, 2017 05:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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posted December 07, 2017 05:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for teasel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I almost didn't make it past the weekend. I had absolutely no desire to speak to anyone about it, either.

Tonight, I was argumentative, which is a good sign. It means I was alert, paying attention, responding. So anyone who has a problem with that, can back off.

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