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If you are struggling today, need support with your mental health, or have experienced a traumatic event, consider contacting a helpline. It’s free, anonymous and confidential.
Helplines (also known as hotlines or crisis lines) provide immediate crisis counseling, emotional support and information – for free.
Most helpline phone numbers are toll-free and many helplines are available over text message or online chat. Helplines are often available 24/7, so you can contact them at any time of the day or night.
Helplines provide a judgment-free space for you to talk through difficult emotions and experiences, receive support, and connect to other resources that can help you. Talking helps, and research has shown that people feel less distressed after contacting helplines.
The most common types of helpline are suicide prevention hotlines, domestic violence hotlines and sexual assault hotlines.
However, helplines are available for a wide range of mental health, mental illness and behavioral health experiences including anxiety, depression, gender or sexual identity and substance use.
You don’t have to be suicidal to contact a helpline. You might just need to talk, or want information on supporting others in your life that you are care about.
In some countries, many helplines are available. For example, if you live in the United States, popular nationwide helplines are the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, Crisis Text Line and TrevorLifeline.
When you search for a helpline on Find A Helpline, our intelligent ranking algorithm will recommend the best helplines for you. You can also further filter according to your needs, and read helpline descriptions to learn more about the service each helpline provides.
Because helplines are free, you can contact more than one service to find the right one for you.
Find A Helpline is the largest, most accurate helpline resource in the world. We hold relationships with helpline organisations and crisis centers in over 100 countries, who verify their information with us directly.
Other services and websites provide long lists of out-of-date information, but we work daily to keep our information accurate and easy to use – both for the people who need immediate support and for the partners who rely on us.
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Through our embeddable widget and API, you can easily integrate verified crisis resources into your mental health app, website, social network, or online game, providing immediate emotional support, right at people’s time of need.
We all have an important part to play to prevent suicide. When you are hearing crisis online, ensure you have the ability to respond.
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