posted on Mar, 25 2005 @ 05:17 PM
All of us sometimes need help, be it from friends, family or even members of an online forum. I remember the way ATS rallied around when Sim got stuck
in London during the Christmas holidays, and the recent tragedy regarding Weise made me realise that we really could do with a thread listing various
organisations dedicated to helping people in trouble.
If anyone has any links to agencies that can provide help, please post them here.
The Samaritans UK
Samaritans is available 24 hours a day to provide confidential emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair,
including those which may lead to suicide.
Includes a directory of suicide crisis hotlines in 50 different countries.
The main aim of the centers is to give emotional support to people when they are suicidal. The centers also alleviate misery, loneliness, despair and
depression by listening to anyone who feels they have nowhere else to turn.
The people who run the centers - befrienders - are volunteers who have all been specially trained. The work is non-political and non-religious, and
volunteers do not try to impose their convictions on anyone. They simply listen.
The fact that someone has been in contact with a center - whether by telephone, letter, email or in a face-to-face meeting - is strictly confidential.
So too is everything that the person tells a befriender. Some callers prefer to remain anonymous - and that's fine.
GriefNet.org is an Internet community of persons dealing with grief, death, and major loss. We have almost 60 e-mail support groups and two web
sites. Our integrated approach to on-line grief support provides help to people working through loss and grief issues of many kinds. Our companion
site, KIDSAID, provides a safe environment for kids and their parents to find information and ask questions.