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Free Telephone Counseling Hotlines in the United States

National Suicide & Crisis Lines

  • 911 Emergency Number

    911If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call 911.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

    (800) 273-8255If you or a loved one are in distress and thinking of suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for free and confidential 24/7 support, information, and resources. You are not alone.
  • Veterans Crisis Line

    (800) 273-8255, then press 1Press 1 after dialing the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to reach the Veterans Crisis Line. You'll speak with caring, qualified responders from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Ayuda En Español

    (888) 628-9454Llama a este número para ayuda 24/7 en español del National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
  • Suicide.org

    (800) 784-2433Call the Suicide.org hotline to receive 24/7 crisis support and information about mental health crisis resources where you live.
  • Crisis Call Center

    (800) 273-8255Call the Crisis Call Center or text CARE to 839863 for 24/7/365 crisis support. The purpose of the Crisis Call Center is to provide a safe source of support for individuals in any type of crisis.
  • Military Helpline

    (888) 457-4838Call the Military Helpline for 24/7/365 confidential crisis support. Hotline staff are veterans or others trained in military culture who understand what you're going through. They can provide you with information and resources to help you address mental health and adjustment issues.
  • YouthLine

    (877) 968-8491Call the YouthLine hotline or text teen2teen to 839863 to receive teen-to-teen crisis support during select hours and help from adults at all other times.
  • Crisis Text Line

    Text HOME to 741741Crisis Counselor are trained volunteers and not professionals. They can provide support, but not medical advice.
  • IMALIVE Online Chat

    Go to IMAlive's website to connect to crisis support via their live messaging service. IMAlive is dedicated to providing a safe place for people to go during moments of intense emotional pain.

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State Crisis Lines

  • State public mental health systems provide local crisis support services and operate local crisis lines. The people who answer crisis lines can provide caring attention and support as they help you determine the best response to a crisis, whether it's inpatient treatment or an appointment with a counselor. They can then refer you to providers that offer the right level of mental health care. Select your state from the drop-down box below for information on mental health crisis hotlines and crisis support services in your area.

State Warm Lines

  • Warmlines are an alternative to crisis lines if you're not in an immediate crisis but still want to talk to someone and receive emotional support. They're usually free and confidential and are staffed by peers who have dealt with mental health issues themselves. Most warmlines were designed to be state-specific or local, though some accept out-of-state calls and cover a national service area.

Alcohol & Substance Abuse

  • SAMHSA's National Helpline

    (800) 662-4357Call SAMHSA’s National Helpline to reach their free, confidential, 24/7/365 mental health and substance use disorder treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish).
  • Narcotics Anonymous

    (818) 773-9999Call the NA World Services line for general information about Narcotics Anonymous and its mission to support people seeking recovery from addiction. You can use the tools on the NA website (or download the app) to find listings for local NA meetings.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous

    (212) 870-3400Call the AA World Services line for general information about Alcoholics Anonymous and its mission to support people seeking recovery from alcohol addiction. You can use the tools on the AA website (or download the app) to find listings for local AA meetings.
  • Al-Anon Family Groups

    (888) 425-2666Call Al-Anon Family Groups for information about Al-Anon and how to find local support groups for people who have a family member with a substance use disorder.
  • Partnership to End Addiction

    Text HELP to 55753If you're a parent and are concerned about your child's substance use, text 55753 or use the scheduler on the website to schedule a call with someone who can connect you with helpful resources while providing caring support.

Eating Disorders

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Domestic & Sexual Violence

Grief Support

Sexual Health & Pregnancy

  • CDC National Health Information Hotline

    (800) 232-4636Call the CDC Information Hotline for science-based information about your health concerns. The CDC Information Hotline answers thousands of calls a year on topics including HIV, AIDS, STDs, Ebola, the flu, and COVID-19.
  • AIDSinfo

    (800) 448-0440Contact the AIDSinfo hotline for support and science-based information on treating and living with HIV and AIDS.
  • American Sexual Health Association

    (919) 361-8400Contact the American Sexual Health Association for information and education on sexually transmitted infections and how to prevent them, as well as for referrals to clinical services.
  • Baby Safe Haven

    (888) 510-2229If you're pregnant and do not feel you can care for your baby, or if you have a baby you cannot care for, call the Baby Safe Haven hotline for support and for information on how you can safely and legally give up an unwanted infant.
  • Planned Parenthood National Hotline

    (800) 230-7526Contact Planned Parenthood for information on how you can access reproductive health care, sexual health services, and other essential healthcare at one of their health centers.
  • Postpartum Support International (PSI)

    (800) 944-4773Contact the PSI Helpline for support and information about postpartum depression and other postpartum conditions. You are not alone and you are not to blame—you will get better.

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LGBTQ Hotlines

Mental Health Conditions & Family Support

Specific Disorders

Trauma Survivors

  • Sidran Institute

    (410) 825-8888If you are seeking to understand, manage, or treat trauma or dissociation, call the Sidran Institute Help Desk for support, information, and referrals for yourself or for a loved one.
  • National Center for Victims of Crime (NCVC)

    (800) 394-2255Call the NCVC hotline weekdays from 8:30am to 8:30pm EST for information, referrals, written materials, and advocacy support for crime victims, loved ones, and service providers.
  • Victim Connect Resource Center

    (800) 656-4673If you are or know a crime victim who needs help, call the Victim Connect Resource Center from 8:30am to 7:30pm EST for referrals and information about your rights, options, and resources.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline

    (800) 985-5990If you are experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters, call the Disaster Distress Helpline or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect to 24/7/365 crisis counseling and support.

Youth & Parenting

  • YouthLine

    (877) 968-8491Call the YouthLine hotline or text teen2teen to 839863 to receive teen-to-teen crisis support during select hours and help from adults at all other times..
  • Boys Town National Hotline

    (800) 448-3000Call the Boys Town National Hotline for 24/7/365 crisis support for youth and families.
  • Thursday's Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline

    (800) 872-5437Call the Thursday's Child hotline for 24/7 crisis support for youth and their parents. Issues hotline counselors can address include abuse, bullying, exploitation, running away from home, sexual health and safety, substance use, and eating disorders.
  • Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

    (800) 656-4673Call the 24/7 Childhelp hotline to connect with a professional crisis counselor who can provide confidential support in one of over 170 languages. You'll receive support, information, and referrals to emergency, social service, and support resources to help stop child abuse.
  • Child Welfare Information Gateway

    (800) 394-3366Call the Child Welfare Information Gateway from 9:30am to 5:30pm EST for general resources and information about how to promote child welfare. The Child Welfare Information Gateway is not an abuse reporting hotline and does not intervene in personal situations.
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Hotline

    (800) 843-5678Call the 24/7 hotline to report missing and exploited kids and to receive immediate help.
  • National Runaway Safeline

    (800) 786-2929If you are a young person thinking of running away from home or have already run away, call the 24/7 safeline to share your story with a compassionate person and build a plan together.
  • Child Find of America

    (800) 426-5678If your child is missing and you have already called your local police to report it, you can call the Child Find hotline for additional support and resources.
  • Parental Stress Line

    (800) 632-8188Call the 24/7 Parental Stress Line for non-judgmental, confidential, and sympathetic support from a trained volunteer counselor. They can offer support, ideas, solutions, and information about resources in your area to help you address any difficulties you are having as a parent.