Anonymous said: Do you know of an alternative to IMAlive? I can't stand the thought of supporting a company that hates me, but I need to know if there's something similar I or my friends can use in case of an emergency.
(In case you missed it, the backstory is that IMALive is not a volunteer program that is trustworthy, for a number of reasons detailed in the article.)
Update: the wonderful rcmclachlan just pointed me towards http://www.7cupsoftea.com/ which looks amazing, and instantly accessible. Plus, you can even search by keywords! I searched for listeners in fandom and got a whole page of results.
There’s also crisischat.org, which is the online branch of the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.
The only other online emergency chatline that I know of is this one organized by the Veterans Crisis Line. While obviously it is intended to give priority to veterans in need, it is open to the public.
There is a suicide forum that has a chat system, but it requires joining the forum and logging in.
You might also want to check out the #RUOK movement, especially if you’re in Australia. (They have a strong hashtag, but the end goal is to encourage people to talk to each other in person.)
The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is always a resource you can turn to in times of emergency, as they are staffed 24 hours a day with trained volunteers: 1-800-273-8255
I know that “talk to me” can feel hollow on Tumblr, but I just want you all to know that if any of you want to talk about anything for any reason, you can email me, right now (thesevenlines at gmail), or shoot me an ask, or IM me (thesevenlines again). I’ll do what I can to give you what support I can. It’s not much, but I mean it. I’ll listen as long as you need.
It’s my turn to ask each of you: are you okay?