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Crisis Lines

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
TTY: 1-800-799-4889

24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in a national network of more than 150 crisis centers.


Disaster Distress Helpline
Regional center offering crisis counselors trained to listen and offer support to people in emotional risis.


Veteran’s Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255, or text 838255
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Connects veterans in crisis (and their families and friends) with qualified, caring responders through a confidential, toll-free hotline, online chat or text.

National 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.

Teen Line
1-310-855-4673; Text Teen to 839863
Crisis and referral services, specializing in family reunification of runaways and homeless adolescents ages 11-17. Bilingual.

Safe Call Now (for First Responders)
24/7 help line staffed by first responders for first responders and their family members. Can assist with treatment options for responders suffering from mental health, substance abuse and other personal issues. 

Crisis Lines

When to use helplines and what to expect

Use the helplines as soon as you feel you or a friend are in crisis. Trauma, depression, substance abuse, difficulties with family and relationships, and high stress are all valid reasons to reach out. You should never feel your problem is too small or insignificant.


You will never be judged for the problems you are dealing with. The crisis counselor’s goal is to help you make healthy decisions and feel safe. You will be asked some questions about your feelings, social situation, safety, and any thoughts of suicide that you or the person you are calling about might be having. Answering truthfully will help the crisis counselor connect you to the resources you need.


What REALLY Happens When You Reach Out to Crisis Lines?

When to use helplines

Local Mental Health Resources

Local Resources

Getting Help

General Resources


  • Veterans Affairs - screening tools, veterans’ crisis line, guide to mental health conditions.

  • National Association on Mental Illness (NAMI) - Find-Support/Veterans-and-Active-Duty  provides a Veterans & Military Resource Center, which is home to online discussion groups, info about mental illnesses and treatments, advocacy for active-duty members, returning veterans, veteran families, veterans in recovery, veterans looking for work, mental health providers, college faculty members and women veterans.

  • Military Pathways - free, anonymous mental health or alcohol self-assessments for military members and their families, referral information for Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs services.


Youth, Teens, Schools and College Students

  • Office of Adolescent Health - offers information about adolescent mental health across states, adolescent mental health disorders and access to care.

  • The Jed Foundation - mental and emotional health, suicide prevention, free online self-assessment and resource programs, training tools for campus professionals.

  • - hub of government information about youth mental health issues, including substance abuse, LGBT issues, bullying and homelessness.

  • ULifeline - an online resource for college mental health, provides free, confidential online resource about emotional health to more than 1,500 colleges and universities.

  • LawLifeline - free, anonymous and confidential online resource for law school students to seek out information about depression, anxiety, suicide, stress and self-harm.

  • School Mental Health Project - an online collection of tools, research, publications and resources for school practitioners and professionals.

Youth, teens, Schools, College Students


  • LGBTQ+ Youth Are Not Alone - resource dashboard with detailed infographics with online safe spaces and support groups, information on homelessness, parental guidance, safety tips, and a downloadable checklist of U.S. LGBTQ+ youth community centers.

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - articles, videos, publications, research and links to prominent organizations about LGBTQ+ mental health.

  • Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - information about LGBT youth health issues.

  • LGBT National Help Center - online peer-support chat as well as free, confidential counseling over the phone for the GLBT community.

  • GLBT Near Me - more than 15,000 GLBT resources and offers tools for users to find local community centers, youth groups and support resources.

  • The Trevor Project - suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24.

  • Help Center on Sexual Orientation - research and information on mental health issues surrounding sexual orientation.

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