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I just called national suicide crisis line and was put on hold. I could have killed myself by now.
💟 Well I'm glad you made it here !!!
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I am so glad you are ok and pray doing well. But to experience that I have not and hope I never do. God Bless
Hey @georgette12, I'm glad you're here to tell us how dumb the crisis line is. May I ask what led you to reach out to the crisis line? How are you doing?
Shocked to hear this! Terrible!
Hi, @georgette12 – just wanted to check in with you this morning and see how you are doing?
Hi @georgette12, I was thinking about you and wanted to see how you were doing. Your purpose is greater than our struggles. God Bless
Remember Rodney Dangerfield? That was one of his jokes. "I called the suicide hot line and they put me on hold." It's not funny when you are the person with the emotion and confusion. I'm sorry it happened to you. You need a Plan B. How about 9-1-1?
Thank you to all who responded to my comment that the national suicide crisis line is dumb. It is good to know that you guys really do care. I've had to call a crisis line for myself in the past. This call was for my friend's 9 year old grandson who is actively suicidal. I was trying to find a resource for this grandmother so she could help her grandson. Unfortunately the national crisis line asks several questions before even connecting you to a live person. My friend was too anxious to wait. I was able to find a number within the state the child lives, where a real person answered the phone. We now have this resource, but I have to say that if I were suicidal I would have hung up and found another solution that would surely have ended badly.
I would advocate for an actual suicide crisis line that would be answered by an actual person for immediate help. A crisis is IMMEDIATE.
I would then offer a suicide INFORMATION line that would have that mechanical voice ask you questions, then you can push the correct buttons, and THEN be put through to a real person. Information and resources available are one thing. Someone holding a bottle of pills in their hand is IMMEDIATE. There is no excuse for this when the rate of suicide is rising, especially for children. I am outraged.
I called the national suicide crisis line for my friend. I had the call on speaker. She became very upset because she kept being put on "hold." She told me to hang up, which I did. I was finally able to find another number and an actual crisis counselor answered. A real voice for a real person. What's wrong with this picture?
@georgette12 that’s terrible! Something is definitely wrong. I’m shaking my head thinking about it. I’m glad you found another number with a real person.
How is your friend doing? I hope she is getting some care so she won’t have thoughts of suicide again. She’s fortunate to have you there for her.
@georgette12 I will relate an incident that happened while I was employed as a 911 dispatcher for a sheriff's department. A "ring down" line, used between law enforcement agencies to call each other, or patch a call through, rang. It was a local police dept. "Here, I think this is yours", then they hung up. In those days cell phones went to the state's highway patrol. The upshot of this call was, a man called 911 on his cell phone, it went to highway patrol, who figured based on his location he was in the service area for local police, but when that dept determined he was in the county service area, they rang him down to us. This man was in a suicidal crisis, making one last call. Fortunately, I was on shift that night, and was the only one familiar with his location. I was able to talk him down and waited with him until I had deputies there. He was intent on suicide that night and reached out one more time. It could have ended very differently. Fortunately, it was a good outcome.
@georgette12– Hello. I can't imagine how terrifying and frustrating this must have been. I would report the first agency. I wouldn't know who would handle this but by reporting it, it might stop another person from being hung up on.
How is your friend doing? Did she survive her ordeal? You sound like a very good friend.
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