First we should explore what crisis lines are. Crisis Lines are phone numbers where people trained to talk to individuals who are experiencing crisis, often times these callers are thinking of suicide or a rash action. The professionals are trained to offer counsel to the callers, aiming to having a connection with the caller and deter them from the rash decision, by talking about their problems and offering at the very least their attention and ear they allow the caller to feel a little better and reduce their thoughts about doing something rash. Often times the callers are victims of abuse, bullying, rape, runaways, or identify their selves as LGBT
If a person ever thinks of suicide it is a crisis, if not then that person should not even consider taking his or her life. It is important to take these matters seriously, as it is best to get help as early as possible during these cases. If you feel down and ever think of anything close to suicide, talk to a family member, friend or counselor, if you cannot reach one pick up the phone and contact your local crisis line. If you have a friend that exhibits depression and seem somewhat less social as usual, talk to them or notify a professional to know how to approach the matter carefully.
There are several reasons why a person would be in crisis. One reason could be because of social problems like bullying, if a person is being bullied and is unable to resolve or stop it on their own, or if outside help was unable to truly notice the gravity of the situation, it can be assumed that his or her state might be serious. Another reason would be a condition like depression or anything similar, if left untreated their situation will get worst in time and reach a level of crisis with terrible consequences. A reason that is hard to detect from an outside point of view is when a person is overwhelmed with a problem or several, some people will keep a straight face as if nothing is bothering them, but could be in a terrible point. This crisis could lead to suicide, if you or a loved one is facing any of these, do not be afraid of asking for help or call a crisis line.
The reasons why people would call crisis lines will greatly differ depending on person to person, but if suffer from any of the following; substance abuse, financial concerns, relationship problems, family problems, sexual orientation, abuse, loneliness, or mental and physical illness, you should call your local hotline.
Whether the situation look serious or not, it is best to always treat the matter seriously. Sometimes people just need someone to talk to in order to get through a problem. If you need to talk to anyone, open up to a family member, friend, or a local counselor, if you find yourself unable to look for people around you to talk to call your local crisis line.