Success Stories From Our Hotline

Our National Child Abuse Hotline gets an average of 500 calls each day and this week we would like to share with you some of the stories the counselors hear and how they handle each situation.

A mom called looking for counseling resources for her 16 year old daughter who she described as being depressed and suicidal. The Hotline counselor assessed that the daughter was safe at the time and learned she is also being treated by a psychiatrist. The counselor talked with the mom about the stress that was on her as a parent. The counselor gave her a few suggestions and resources that she initially called looking for.

Then the mom put her daughter on the phone because she wanted to talk.The daughter confirmed that she is not currently planning to commit suicide, but has thoughts of it from time to time. The counselor encouraged her to be open and honest with the psychiatrist because it is the best way for him/her to determine the best course of help/treatment for her. The counselor also gave her multiple resources, both in her local area and nationally, and they discussed strategies to use when feeling depressed. The counselor encouraged her to continue utilizing the supports that she did have. She was very open and receptive to the help.

The counselor reminded her that there are people out there to help 24/7, including the Childhelp Hotline. This teen was very brave to ask for help and it was very encouraging that she was open to various way of support.

If you or someone you know needs help please call 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453)

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