13 suicide and crisis intervention hotlines to call or text when you need help

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If you or anyone you know is experiencing abuse, domestic violence, suicidal thoughts or sexual assault, these are the numbers to call.

Getting help for any kind of mental health or domestic issue can feel hard. Calling a hotline can be intimidating, and often it can feel tough to justify that what you’re going through is “serious enough” to reach out.

The process has gotten easier though — now there are many hotlines that let you text or chat with someone, without ever placing a call. Not only does that remove some of the intimidation of talking on the phone, it also means you can have a discrete conversation if you want or need to.

No matter what issue you’re facing, there is a free, confidential service that can help. Most are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

This guide outlines many different organizations in the US (some service other countries as well) that can provide support, resources and counseling, whether you are in a crisis situation or not. This list is not exhaustive, and it’s worth Googling to find any local services available where you live as well.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line: Text Hello to 741741

YouthLine: Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: call or text 1-800-422-4453

National Domestic Violence Hotline: Text “START” to 88788 or call 1-800-799-7233

National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-855-812-1001

RAINN: 1-800-656-4673: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s hotline

The Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678: LGBTQIA+ kids and teens can reach out to The Trevor Project

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

SAMHSA National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357

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