The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support via phone or chat for people in distress, resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Includes information on finding your local crisis center.
- Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Website: http://suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Embodying the ethos that everyone that takes action to prevent suicide, #BeThe1To details the five evidence-based steps that any individual can take to help someone that is in suicidal crisis, as well as stories of recovery.
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Offered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the behavioral health treatment services locator offers confidential and anonymous sources of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the Unities States for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Is NOT a child abuse reporting hotline. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All calls are confidential. A Childhelp crisis counselor will assist if you:
- Are in physical or emotional crisis and need support and encouragement.
- Need to be connected to the best possible resources in your area. Have questions about the signs of child abuse.
- Need to find out how to report known or suspected abuse.
- Have questions about the reporting process and what you might expect through the process.
- Want to learn about Childhelp programs that will address you or your child’s needs.
- Want to learn about resources available to parents, grandparents and caregivers.
- Need emotional support as a survivor of abuse.
- Want a referral to an agency, counseling or other services near where you live.
- Want literature mailed to you. (Allow two weeks for delivery via the U.S. Postal Service.)
- Childhelp crisis counselors cannot come to the home where the abuse is happening and take away the child or teen who is in danger of being hurt and put them in a new home.
- The Childhelp Hotline crisis counselors can’t make the child abuse report for you, but we are here to help you through it.
- Childhelp counselors can assist you by providing options based on the situation you describe. They cannot tell you what to do or guarantee that a specific outcome will occur.
- Phone: 1-800-4 A CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
- Website: https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/
- Service Area: The United States, its territories, and Canada.
Provides support for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have lost a child. Chapter meetings are open to families that have experienced the death of a child at any age, including pre-birth, from any cause. Supports chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Guam as well as chapters in more than 30 other countries. Also offers “virtual chapters” providing support online. Serves all ages, any children attending should be old enough to understand the meeting discussions and not be upset by them. Some chapters have sibling groups for children 12 or older.
- Chapter Locator: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Find_Support/Chapters/Chapter_Locator.aspx
- Online Support (weekly, moderated, live chat support groups, specific groups for parents/grandparents/siblings, bereaved less than two years, bereaved more than two years, no surviving children, pregnancy and infant loss, and survivors of suicide): http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Find_Support/Online-Community/Online_Support.aspx
- Closed Facebook Groups for specific types of loss (child, step-child, grandchild, sibling, suicide, substance use, homicide, drunk driving, cancer, special needs child, long-term illness, infant and toddler, only child/all children, miscarriage/stillbirth, mental illness): http://www.compassionatefriends.org/Find_Support/Online-ommunity/Closed_Facebook_Groups.aspx
- Phone: 1-877-969-0010
- Website: http://www.compassionatefriends.org/
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 support texting service for those in crisis.
- Website: http://www.crisistextline.org
Disaster Distress Helpline
A national hotline providing year-round immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. DDH staff provides counseling and support before, during, and after disasters and refer people to local disaster-related resources for follow-up care and support.
- Phone: 1-800-985-5990
- Hours: 24/7 Deaf/Hard of Hearing: 1-800-846-8517
- (English, within U.S.): TalkWithUs to 66746
- Text (Spanish, within U.S.): Hablanos to 66746
- Text (Spanish, Puerto Rico/U.S. Virgin Islands): Hablanos to 1-212-461-4635
- Text (Spanish, American Samoa, Guam, Palau, the Marshall Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia): Hablanos to 1-206-430-1097
- Text (English, any U.S. Territory): TalkWithUs to 1-212-461-4635
- Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline
DoD Safe Helpline (operated by RAINN)
A support service specially designed to provide live, one-on-one support to sexual assault survivors and their loved ones within the DoD (Department of Defense) community. Safe Helpline staff members have been trained to answer questions relating to military specific topics such as Restricted and Unrestricted Reporting and how to connect with relevant military resources, such as an installation or base’s Sexual Assault Response Coordinator (SARC), should those services be requested.
- Phone: 1-877-995-5247 Hours: 24/7 Info by Text:
- Text your zip code or installation/base name to 55-247 (in the U.S.) or 1-202-470-5546 (outside the U.S.), and they will text you back with contact information for the nearest civilian or DoD sexual assault service provider. Message and data rates may apply.
- Safe HelpRoom: A place for survivors to chat with and support each other online. Safe, moderated and open 24/7 at https://safehelpline.org/about-safe-helproom
- Self-Care App: Survivors can create a customized self-care plan and access recommended exercises and resources at https://safehelpline.org/about-mobile Online Helpline: https://safehelpline.org/
- Service Area: International
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender National Help Center
offering the following four programs and services:
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Talkline
National telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. Assists with coming-out issues, relationship concerns, parent issues, school problems, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and more. Maintains a resource database with 15,000 listings containing information on youth groups, social and support organizations, as well as gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups and more.
Phone: 1-800-246-PRIDE (1-800-246-7743)
Hours: Monday-Friday from 4pm-12am, EST; Saturday from 12-5pm, EST
Ages Served: Teens and young adults up to age 25
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Hotline
Provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States. Assists with coming-out issues, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety and safer-sex information, and more. Maintains a resource database with 15,000 listings containing information on social and support groups, as well as gay-friendly religious organizations, sports leagues, student groups, lawyers, doctors and various counseling professionals
- Phone: 1-888-843-4564
- Hours: Monday-Friday from 4pm-12am, EST; Saturday from 12-5pm, EST
- Website: http://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html
- Ages Served: All ages
GLBT Online Peer Support Chat
Free, confidential, one on one peer support for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people. Volunteer-run service, not a casual chat service or a substitute for ongoing professional counseling
- Website: https://www.volunteerlogin.org/chat/index.html;
- Hours: Monday-Friday from 4pm-12am, EST; Saturday from 12-5pm, EST
- Ages Served: All ages
Trans Teens Online Talk Group
A weekly moderated group for transgender teens to talk about concerns, issues and personal victories in a safe space and to be able to fully express themselves without fear of being made to feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. Giving out personal contact information is prohibited.
Hours: Wednesdays from 7-9pm, EST
Ages Served: 12-19-year-old
Love Is Respect (formerly known as the National Dating Abuse Helpline)
Engages, educates and empowers young people to prevent and end abusive relationships. Trained peer advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. Also provides information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement.
- Phone: 1-866-331-9474 Text: 22522 (Message and Data rates apply)
- Online Chat: http://www.loveisrespect.org
- Website: http://www.loveisrespect.org
- Hours: 24/7 (Phone, text and chat)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline
offers education and information about mental health issues including symptoms of mental health conditions, treatment options, local support groups, and helping family members get treatment. NAMI does not offer counseling.
- Phone: 1-800-950-6264
- Website: http://www.nami.org
National Call Center for Homeless Veterans
Assists homeless Veterans and their families, VA Medical Centers, federal, state and local partners, community agencies, service providers and others in the community. Hotline staff will conduct a brief screen to assess needs. Homeless Veterans will be connected with the Homeless Point of Contact at the nearest VA facility. Family members and non-VA providers calling on behalf of a homeless Veteran will be provided with information regarding the homeless programs and services available.
Phone: 1-877-4AID VET (1-877-424-3838)
Hours: 24/7 Homeless Veterans Online Chat: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/ChatTermsOfService.aspx?account=Homeless%20Veterans%20Chat
National Center for Victims of Crime Advocates
for victims’ rights, trains professionals who work with victims, and serves as a trusted source of information on victims’ issues. Crimes could include: arson, assault, bullying, burglary, car theft, carjacking, child abuse, child sexual abuse, clergy abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, drugged/drunk driving, elder/vulnerable adult abuse, fraud, gang violence, group stalking, harassment, hate crime, hit and run, home invasion, homicide, identity theft, missing adults, missing children, property crime, ritual abuse, robbery, sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, terrorism, trafficking and more.
Helpline Provides live, anonymous referrals and support for victims of crime, their friends, and families.
Phone: 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846)
Hours: Monday-Friday from 8:30am-7:30pm, EST 15
National Victim Connect Online Chat
Provides live, anonymous referrals and support for victims of crime, their friends, and families.
Hours: Monday-Friday from 9:30am-6:30pm, EST
Locate crime victim assistance in a variety of jurisdictions throughout the country
Stalking Resource Center
Provides training and technical assistance to communities to enhance their response to stalking. Services professionals and the general public.
National Council on Problem Gambling
National advocate for programs and services to assist problem gamblers and their families. Services provided include the National Program Gambling Helpline (linking to local resources), information and literature on problem gambling treatment, research and recovery and referrals to gambling counselors and treatment facilities.
- Treatment Referral list: http://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/treatment-facilities/
- Counselor Directory: http://www.ncpgambling.org/help-treatment/counselor-search/
- Phone or Text: 1-800-522-4700 (24/7 hotline)
- Online Chat: http://www.ncpgambling.org/chat
- Website: http://www.ncpgambling.org/
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Callers to The Hotline can expect highly trained, experienced advocates to offers compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services.
- Phone: 1-800-799-7233
- Website: http://www.thehotline.org
National Eating Disorder
The National Eating Disorders Association supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.
- Phone: 1-800-931-2237
- Website: http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org
National Human Trafficking Resource Center
A national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will.
- Phone: 1-888-373-7888 Hours: 24/7
- Website: https://trafckingresourcecenter.org/
- Online tip reporting form (anonymous): https://trafckingresourcecenter.org/report-trafcking (report information about a potential trafficking situation, not for use to report missing children or child pornography)
National Runaway Safeline
A federally-designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. Youth and family members connect to the hotline or online crisis services to work through problems and find local help from social service agencies and organizations. Some individuals just need someone to talk to, others need help finding a shelter, food, medical assistance, or counseling. Some youth are on the streets. Others are struggling with issues at home.
- Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY 1-800-786-2929
- Hours: 24/7
- Text: 66008
- Online Chat: http://www.1800runaway.org (not available 24/7)
- Forums: http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org/forum.php
- Website: http://www.1800runaway.org
RAINN–Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network
RAINN is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which runs the National Sexual Assault Hotline and offers support, guidance, and advocacy for those who have been affected by sexual assault or violence.
- Phone: 1-800-656-4673
- Website: https://www.rainn.org
Reporting on Suicide
Free guidelines for responsible reporting and storytelling related to suicide.
- Website: http://reportingonsuicide.org
S.A.F.E. Self-injury (Information only)
Offering education and support, SAFE Alternatives works to promote healthy choices over self-injury. Educational-only.
- Phone: 1-800-366-8288
- Website: http://www.rainn.org
SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
An online source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems.
- Website: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery. Does not provide counseling, trained information specialists answer calls; they transfer callers to state services or other appropriate intake centers in their states, and connect them with local assistance and support.
- Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- Hours: 24/7 TTY: 1-800-487-4889
- Website: http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Stomp Out Bullying
Stomp Out Bullying is an anti-bullying organization focused on reducing and preventing bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other digital abuse, educating against homophobia, racism and hatred, decreasing school absenteeism, and deterring violence in schools, online and in communities across the country.
- Website: http://www.stompoutbullying.org/
StopBullying.gov provides information from various government agencies on what bullying is, what cyberbullying is, who is at risk, and how you can prevent and respond to bullying.
- Website: http://www.stopbullying.gov
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project, founded in 1998, is a leading national crisis intervention service aimed to support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people between ages 13–24. Their hotline is available 24/7 and offers phone, texting, and chat services.
- Phone: 1-212-695-8650
- Website: http://www.thetrevorproject.org
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Online Community Support (chat room, message boards, blogs, survivor stories, online peer groups)–age restrictions and membership requirements may apply for some of these services: https://www.taps.org/secure/online/default.aspx
- Phone: 1-800-959-TAPS (8277)
- Website: http://www.taps.org/
Trans Lifeline Hotline
staffed by transgender people for transgender people and gender non-conforming people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of the community might have. The line is primarily for transgender people experiencing a crisis. This includes people who may be struggling with their gender identity and are not sure that they are transgender. It connects callers with services that can help them meet their needs whenever possible.
- Phone: 1-877-565-8860 (United States); 1-877-330-6366 (Canada)
- Website: http://www.translifeline.org/
- Ages Served: All ages
2-1-1 – 211
Free. Provides information and referral (I&R) services connecting people to local community government, non-profit and faith-based services. Types of services listed in 2-1-1 databases include (but are not limited to): Food, Shelter, Transportation, Mental Health Services, Legal Assistance, Environmental, Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Child Care, Aging Services, Youth Services and more. 2-1-1 services are provided by a wide range of contact centers across the country. Note: while all 2-1-1s follow similar operating standards there are differences in how, when and where each 2-1-1 operates. Most, but not all, 2-1-1 centers are open 24/7. 2-1-1 is available to over 93% of the United States population, but is not yet completely nationwide. There are some states that do not yet have full 2-1-1 coverage. 2-1-1s can be reached by dialing 2-1-1, most also have an 800# available for out of area callers.
Chat and Text: many 2-1-1 centers are also available by Live Chat or Texting Services. Hours for these services may be more limited than their hours available by phone. To check if your area has 2-1-1 service and/or to self-search your local 2-1-1 provider’s online database visit http://www.211.org. Phone: 211
- Website: http://www.211.org