Confessions of a Crisis-Line Volunteer (Abridged and Over-Simplified)

(Disclaimer: This post is not meant to imply that you shouldn’t call a crisis line. By all means, please call a crisis line if you need help!)

Some post-shift thoughts:

  • WTF? The world is as screwed up as my nightmares.
  • Most people need nothing less than a miracle to recover a sense of power.
  • In the case of chronic problems, no one really wanted advice. They only wanted someone to listen and show compassion.
  • Crisis-line groupies (chronic callers) are addicted to griping and have burned bridges with former interested listeners.
  • A victim-mentality is to be avoided like Anthrax.

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