Crisis & Mental Health Hotlines
If you or someone close to you is contemplating self-harm or suicide, it is essential to know that you are not alone in this struggle. There are a variety of suicide hotlines and resources that are listed on this page that can provide you with the necessary support and guidance to cope with these feelings.
It is important to remember that no matter what your age, gender, background, or ethnicity may be, you can find help and assistance that is available to you right now, 24/7.
Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 9-8-8 (English & Spanish)
National Hopeline Network: 1-800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433)
American Association of Poison Control Centers: 1-800-222-1222
Crisis Text Line: Text “DESERVE” TO 741-741
Lifeline Crisis Chat: Live Online Messaging
Self-Harm Hotline: 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependency Hope Line: 1-800-622-2255
National Crisis Line – Anorexia and Bulimia: 1-800-233-4357
National Eating Disorders Association: 1-800-931-2237
GLBT Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
TREVOR Crisis Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
AIDS Crisis Line: 1-800-221-7044
TransLifeline: https://www.translifeline.org ; 1-877-565-8860
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Planned Parenthood Hotline: 1-800-230-PLAN (7526)
Veterans Crisis Line: https://www.veteranscrisisline.net
U.S. Resources for Youth in Crisis
Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800 448-3000
Specially trained counselors are available on the Boys Town National Hotline to assist parents, teens, and families experiencing various issues such as abuse, anger, depression, school-related challenges, and bullying. This hotline welcomes girls and young women as well.
Covenant House: 1-800-999-9999
Our 24-hour helpline and support service assists homeless youth dealing with a range of issues such as bullying, suicide, basic needs, health, sex, drugs, and alcohol. Contact us for compassionate and non-judgmental support to help you navigate these challenges and find a path forward.
This site is a safe haven for teens and young adults to share their stories and opinions without fear of judgment or ostracism. It offers a platform for finding information and connecting with others who may be going through similar experiences.
Love is Respect National Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866 331-9474
A 24/7 helpline that provides support for teens, parents, friends, family, and peer advocates.
The Cyber Civil Rights Initiative: 1-844-878-2274
Victims of nonconsensual pornography (“revenge porn”) can receive counseling and technical advice through a 24-hour Crisis Helpline.
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: 1-800 843-5678
A 24/7 response line is available for missing children or those who are victims of sexual exploitation.
Rape Abuse & Incest National Network: 1-800-656-4673
Across the country, RAINN-affiliated crisis centers have over 1,100 trained volunteers supporting victims in need.
National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-786-2929
The National Runaway Switchboard ensures the safety and well-being of at-risk, homeless, and runaway youth in America.
National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-422-4453 (or text CHILDHELP to 847411)
A 24/7 hotline is available with crisis counselors who assist in 170 languages through interpreters.
Asian American Suicide Prevention & Education Hotlines: Their crisis and support line can be reached at 877-990-8585. Assistance is available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and Fujianese. Website: https://aaspe.net/index.html
Talk Suicide Canada: 1-833-456-4566; SMS 45645; https://talksuicide.ca/
Crisis Services Canada: https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/
Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention https://suicideprevention.ca/need-help/
Trans Lifeline 24/7: 877-330-6366
UK & Ireland
Emergency: 112 or 999
Non-emergency: 111, Option 2
24/7 Helpline: 116 123 (UK and ROI)
Lifeline 24/7 Helpline: 0800 543 354
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 0508 828 865 (0508 TAUTOKO)
Tokyo English Lifeline offers support through their call center at 03-5774-0992 from 9 AM to 11 PM daily. They also provide a chat service from 10:30 PM to 2 AM on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
Life Link offers free, compassionate, and confidential suicide prevention support over the phone to anyone in Japan needing help: tel:0120 061 338 Website: https://www.lifelink.or.jp/inochisos/
Trans Support & Resources
- U.S.: 877-565-8860
- Canada: 877-330-6366
Trans Lifeline is an organization run by trans individuals who offer support and a safe environment for fellow trans and questioning peers seeking assistance or a space to express their worries. All the volunteers who take the calls are either nonbinary or trans.
You can rest assured that your call is fully confidential and recorded for quality control purposes only. The information you share is only accessible to the operator who answered your call. Furthermore, you’re not required to disclose personal information like your name, and the organization doesn’t use caller identification.
The Trevor Project is a non-profit organization that provides a helping hand to young lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning individuals aged between 13 and 24 across the United States.
If you’re seeking support, you can contact their toll-free hotline or use their secure instant messaging platform to connect with trained counselors who will offer guidance and connect you with the necessary resources. Importantly, all the resources provided by The Trevor Project are confidential and free of charge.
- English: 866-488-7386
- Text: START to 678-678
- Online Chat
Deaf Crisis Line
DeafLEAD is an organization that offers comprehensive services to the deaf community, including a range of communication methods to access their support lines.
Their services include crisis support, advocacy, and mental health assistance for deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and DeafBlind individuals who have been victims of crimes, as well as their families. If you or someone you know requires assistance, DeafLEAD can offer guidance and support in a way that’s accessible and accommodating to the specific needs of the deaf community.
- Crisis line: 321-800-3323
- Suicide prevention TTY: 800-799-4889
- Disaster and distress TTY: 800-846-8517
- Videophone: (573) 303-5604
- Text: HAND to 839863
What You Can Anticipate When Contacting a Suicide Helpline
When you contact a suicide helpline, you’ll be provided with a safe and confidential space to discuss your concerns with a trained supporter who is there to help you.
The supporter will start by asking you a few questions to determine the level of safety you’re in. Rest assured that you’re not obliged to share any information you’re not comfortable with disclosing, but sharing more details could help the supporter offer more tailored guidance.
If the supporter senses that you’re in danger, they might urge you to seek immediate help or direct you towards other resources. They may provide you with contact information for other organizations or encourage you to stay on the line until you feel better.
When you’re ready, the supporter might offer some local resources that you can access to receive further support.
In some cases, suicide helplines can help you devise a safety plan if you’re in a threatening situation or experiencing suicidal thoughts.
Remember, you can contact these helplines as many times as you need, even though you might talk to different supporters each time.