About Online Suicide Prevention Chats
IS IT RIGHT FOR ME?
Online suicide prevention chats are usually open to anyone who is depressed, overwhelmed, going through a difficult situation, having trouble coping, taking safety precautions, or just need someone to talk to. Some chats are open to anyone of any age and any sex, while others are targeted to specific demographics (eg: a Teenchat might be targeted strictly toward teens, a Veteranchat might be targeted strictly toward veterans). To find out if a specific chat is right for you, you should read their terms.
BENEFITS OF AN ONLINE SUICIDE PREVENTION CHAT
WHAT TO EXPECT IN A SUICIDE PREVENTION CHAT
Not all suicide prevention chats are available 24hrs a day. If the chat provider you choose is not available, please select another or call a hotline.
YOUR PRIVACY DURING A CHAT SESSION
Some online suicide prevention chats offer encryption to help protect your privacy. If you are really concerned about your privacy being compromised (from trackers, websites, hackers, internet service providers etc), you can simply use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
While you can opt to join a suicide prevention chat at any time, it may be best to ensure that you have a few undisturbed minutes, so that you can focus your attention on the chat. Try to use a strong and reliable internet connection.
ONLINE CHATTING PROTOCOL
The above information is generalized and may not apply exactly to all chat services. Please read their individual terms to get a clearer view of their personal policies. There are many different suicide prevention chats services available online and no two are exactly alike. Different organizations have different techniques and while they all have the same overall goal, they may go about it in slightly different ways based on their own internal policies. Some organizations require all volunteers to be trained and certified in crisis intervention, while others do not. Generally speaking they are great ‘listeners’, and many find the service to be quite helpful and not overly intrusive. An online suicide prevention chat, although very therapeutic in nature, is NOT a substitute for professional therapy or medication.