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couldn't agree more John

Posted by Gabbi on July 12, 2002, at 13:47:57

In reply to Re: Suicide hotline should change their response....., posted by Fi on July 12, 2002, at 7:58:08

I'm not even in a particularly bad mood, but I find 90% of the "help".. is equivilent to I don't know....about as far reaching as those Greeter Guys they have at Wal-Mart asking how you are. This is not to say I don't think the people on the "front lines" don't care, I think a lot of them do, but they can only use what's available. And the Government "caring' is so freakily Orwellian.
Oh and as I'm on a rant....again the fact I'm sure they "mean well" they just don't GET IT
I hate calling those crisis lines and they use that "mirror technique" where basically they just repeat what you say in question form. So If you go "I'm feeling hopeless and desperate" They respond with "what I'm hearing you say is you're feeling hopeless and desperate" I'm never rude, but God I end up feeling like more of a loser cause I'm so desperate I actually had to listen to that...I mean I'm depressed not stupid.

And back to your message Johndoenut? (is that right?) The only two people who've actually made me feel better were both people who'd made the trip to hell and back a few times, and both who were hotline workers said they were breaking the rules by telling me they'd been there in enough detail that I knew they actually HAD, and not only survived but found pleasure in things again. I hope they still have their jobs.

Oh and One more thing.... One of the battered Women's assistance lines in B.C. (its not a hotline) has an after hours automated response that says "Thank-you for calling" I dunno maybe its just me but I thought that was a little weird.




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