so, once i go home i'm applying to be a samaritan. i dunno if they have them outside of the uk, but i know there are similar things all over, essentially, while not exactly a suicide hotline, the samaritans offer "listeners" who man a 24 hour phone-line which can be called completely anonymously by anyone who feels in need of unburdening their souls, impartial advice, or just a quick natter. if they think im up to it i'll be training for a few weeks and then i'll be on a 4-6 hour shift once a week of which a night time shift once every fortnight. does anyone here have any experience with anything similar? do you have any advice (i appreciate you might not want to be specific about your experiences for ethical reasons) that might help a) me get it b) the emotional strain.?