If you were having swirling emotions of panic, sadness, and fear after Wednesday’s election you were not alone. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline reported that they had experienced an increase in call volume around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, just one hour prior to the conclusion of the election.
According to an article from the Washington Post, The National Suicide Prevention Hotline rang a whopping 660 times between 1 and 2 a.m. on Wednesday morning, which is two and a half times more than the average call volume at that time. Lifeline director John Draper mentioned to the Washington Post that it isn’t uncommon for emotions to be high around the time of presidential elections, but for some people this election has caused more distress than usual.
“We didn’t see numbers like this in 2008 or 2012,” Draper said. “This was an extraordinary year by any stretch of the imagination.”
Cases like this have not only been reported by the NSPH, but other crisis and suicide prevention lines, as well. A deputy director of the Trevor Project, an LGBT suicide prevention hotline, received more than double the average calls they would expect to get on a typical Tuesday or Wednesday. Director Steve Mendelsohn said that calls to the Trevor project started flooding their phone lines early Wednesday morning and continued well after Clinton gave her concession speech.
“We have made so much progress over the past few years, and there’s a fear that we’re going to backwards and LGBTQ people are going to lose their rights,” Mendelsohn told Time. “Young people are worried about their futures.”
Additionally, the Crisis Text Line, a national texting service that people can contact at any time around the clock, also saw more than double the average messages they would normally receive, according to a report by Time. Most of the text messages were concerned about what the future holds for LGBT rights.
Suicide prevention counselors across the country agree that this year’s election has been one of the most emotional elections there has been in decades.