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988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone, text message (SMS) and...


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Crisis Text Line provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information by text message (SMS) and online chat. We are...


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Teen Hopeline is a Christian helpline that has been a place of refuge and encouragement for hurting and broken teens. Speak...


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TrevorLifeline offers 24/7, free and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We support youth, the...


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Love is Respect offers 24/7, free and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are here for...


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The Boys Town National Hotline is a Short-term crisis hotline for children, youth and parents, who are directly or indirectly...


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During this difficult time, the NAMI HelpLine is here for you. HelpLine volunteers are working to answer questions, offer...


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Teen Line is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and text message (SMS). We help...


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TXT 4 HELP provides 24/7, free and confidential support and information over text message (SMS). We are here for youth in...


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National Domestic Violence Hotline offers 24/7, free and confidential support over phone and text message (SMS). We support...


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National Grad Crisis Line is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We exist to...


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The Games and Online Harassment Hotline is a free, text message-based, confidential emotional support hotline for gamers and...


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LGBT National Hotline offers free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We are here for the LGBTQ+ community in...


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LGBT National Youth Talkline offers free and confidential support over phone. We help adults, youth, the LGBTQ+ community in...


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Physician Support Line provides free and confidential support by phone. We exist to help people in United States who may be...


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Su Familia offers free, reliable and confidential health information in Spanish and English to callers to help them navigate...


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National Sexual Assault Hotline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone and...


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StrongHearts Native Helpline is a 24/7 confidential and anonymous culturally-appropriate domestic and sexual violence helpline...


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The National Human Trafficking Hotline is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls, texts, and chats from...


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National Problem Gambling Helpline offers 24/7, free and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We...


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1in6 National Helpline provides 24/7, free and confidential support by online chat. We help men in United States who may...


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Trans Lifeline offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here for the LGBTQ+ community in...


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Mothers Against Drink Driving (MADD) is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We...


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National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and online chat. We...


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STOMP Out Bullying is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We are...


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Stop It Now! offers free and confidential support and information over phone and online chat. We help everyone in United States...


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Caregiver Help Desk offers free support to family caregivers across the country. It is staffed by caregiving experts who can...


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Veterans Crisis Line is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone, text message...


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Centerstone Military Services is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support over phone. We support veterans in...


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LGBT National Senior Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We help the LGBTQ+ community,...


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We connect LGBTQ+ older people who want to talk with friendly responders who are ready to listen. If you are an LGBTQ+ elder or...


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Postpartum Support International offers 24/7, free and confidential support by phone and text message (SMS). We exist to help...


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Amala is a confidential and culturally competent youth support program for Muslim youth through a phone line available 5-days a...


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All-Options National Talkline is dedicated to providing free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We support...


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SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish,...


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Disaster Distress Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone and text...


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Friends for Survival is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone. We exist to help...


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The Deaf Hotline is a 24/7 hotline formed by a partnership between ADWAS (Abused Deaf Women’s Advocacy Services) and NDVH...


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Contact a hotline or helpline in United States for free, confidential support

Whether you're experiencing a mental health crisis or you're worried about a loved one's mental health, free help is available to you. In United States, there are 55 helplines that support with a range of mental health or behavioral health concerns.

Feeling hesitant to reach out is completely normal. Knowing what to expect can help you feel more comfortable.

What is a helpline or hotline?

Helplines, also known as hotlines or crisis lines, exist to provide free, confidential help to anyone in need of emotional support. Some helplines offer their services over the phone, and others over text message or chat. Many are available 24/7.

What kind of support do helplines offer?

Helpline responders support you by listening to you, helping you understand your emotions better, and working with you on a plan forward. Having a plan about what to do next can help you feel more in control.

If I contact a helpline, who will I talk to?

Helplines are usually staffed by counselors and volunteers who are trained in how to support people in an emotional crisis. Some helplines are also run by peers who have a similar life experience to the topic they provide support with.

What issues can I talk to a helpline about?

Helplines are there for anyone who might be in need of free support for mental and behavioral health problems. If you are struggling with something specific, such as suicide, depression, anxiety, or domestic violence, there are often helplines that cater specifically to these issues. You may also be able to contact a helpline related to your demographic, such as helplines that are specifically for teenagers, veterans or the LGBTQ+ community. A lot of helplines provide support for a variety of mental and behavioral health issues, so you can talk with them about anything that is concerning you.

Do helplines and hotlines support with thoughts of suicide?

Suicide prevention hotlines or lifelines are available in many countries. They exist to provide compassionate support to people who are feeling hopeless or are thinking of ending their lives. Suicide hotlines commonly support with all topics, which means they can help with any kind of problem, even if it's not suicide related. They are usually reachable at all hours of the day and night.

Will a helpline talk to me about someone I'm concerned about?

When a friend or family member is going through a mental health crisis, it can be difficult to know how to help. Helplines will offer advice on how you can best support your loved one, whether that be through ways you can support them or outside support they may be able to get.

I'm in United States. What hotlines and helplines are available to me?

In United States, there are 55 hotlines and helplines that support with a range of topics.

Globally, there are over 2,000 helplines and hotlines, and the support they offer varies across topics and populations. What unites them is their shared aim to support people who are experiencing mental health distress or emotional pain. Helplines are there to assist you in a time of emotional pain, and to support those who may be noticing warning signs of an emotional crisis in those they care about.


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