Getting Help in a Crisis
Do you need help now?
If you are in immediate danger, call 911.
If you feel you are in a crisis and need to speak to someone now and you live in the United States, call:
- Youth helpline Your Life Your Voice at 1-800-448-3000, run by Boys Town National Hotline (for everyone).
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Lifeline is a free, confidential, 24 hour hotline for anyone who is going through emotional distress or is in suicidal crisis.
Feel a little nervous about calling a helpline? Find out more about what you can expect.
If you're not in the United States, click here.
Specific issues and other helplines
If you are a victim of child abuse or know someone who is being abused, please call the Child Help Line at 1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453).
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN.org is a free, confidential and secure crisis hotline 24/7 for victims of sexual assault or violence as well as their friends and families. Call 1- 800-656-HOPE (4673)
National Dating Abuse Helpline
Loveisrespect.org is the ultimate resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships. Call 1-866-331-9474
National Runaway Safeline
National Runaway Safeline is an anonymous and free 24 hour crisis line for anyone who might want to run-away from home or find themselves homeless. This hotline can also help if you want to come home if you are on the run or have a friend who is looking for help and is thinking about running away or is already on the run. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929).
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project focuses on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, providing an accredited, nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline. Call at 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386).
A Teen-to-Teen hotline and community outreach program with over 10,000 teens contacting TEEN LINE each year by calling, texting or emailing. The line is open every night from 6-10pm PST to help adolescents address their problems in a confidential, anonymous and comfortable manner. Call at 1-800-852-8336
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA)
Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish. Call 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222. Poison control is a free, 24 hour hotline for anyone in need of medical information and resources for poisoning, including alcohol and household cleaners.
ReachOut.com does not provide counseling but the Get Help section can give you more information about how to help yourself generally or in a crisis; inluding how to find people to support you; what types of treatments options you might have; how you can help a friend on a lot of issues they might be dealing with.
You might also want to read these fact sheets if you are worried about yourself or a friend.
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