Calling the distress line is NOT an easy move for some youths or even children. I know some people do not have the courage. It can be terrifying. As a child, there was a kid help phone and I had no courage to speak to it.
I was feeling so alone even though I had my parents. But anyway I had started calling the distress line since I was in a toxic friendship from June 2016 to April 2017. Calling the distress line reminded me of how my voice is definitely heard.
I still remember being on the phone with them until I got home after I walked into my door. When I first saw the posters on the TTC on the way home. But when I first called there were questions running through my head I was worried I would feel judged or just feel that my voice isn’t heard.
Sometimes it is hard to find someone who can hear you. I have been calling this line since 2016 and it is a long long wait I know but while you are in the queue you can prepare yourself. I know there are times you might feel alone but don’t worry you have someone who has your back always.
Myself, I may not feel emotionally or mentally stable, but I can fight things off. But let me tell you and ask you what if your counselor is not available or you feel like you do not want to bother a family member or friend during the hours that they may be asleep?
Also, when you do call the distress line you will not know who is on the other side of the line. When it comes to calling I felt that I had some comfort. I remember first hearing “distress center” or a responder introducing themselves. I was amazed like wow there are so many people and it made me feel like it is not easy for some people.
But a reminder to the youth who do call the distress center or kids help phone does remind you that you are never alone. I know sometimes the distress lines, kids help phone, and suicide hotlines may not help which is understandable it is not for everyone. For those who are struggling with depression, anxiety, or even social anxiety, even any kind of mental health issue they are right there for you.
My countless hours with them made me feel I am worth living and see a future where I can always count on them. I do still call the distress line because I do struggle to find myself and who I really am today. Like yes, I get a yummy drink or something but it is best to take one day at a time.
I do encourage people to call it would change their life forever. I know I know sometimes you would feel like oh they do not help and I have been in your shoes I will be listing the hotlines and which ones to reach out to.