What to do if you are in crisis
Dealing with loneliness and isolation can be overwhelming, and sometimes you might feel you need to speak to someone right away. No matter what problems you’re dealing with, whether or not you’re thinking about suicide, if you need someone to lean on for emotional support, there are resources you can contact immediately. People call to talk about many things: substance abuse, economic worries, relationships, sexual identity, getting over abuse, depression, mental and physical illness, and loneliness, to name a few. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, please use any of the resources below:
- Call your local law enforcement agency (USA): dial 911
- If you live outside the USA, please dial your local emergency number.
- Go to the nearest hospital emergency room.
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Chat available on the website.
The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention, and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. If you’re thinking about suicide, are worried about a friend or loved one, or would like emotional support, the Lifeline network is available 24/7 across the United States.
Crisis Text Line
Text Line is free, 24/7 support for those in crisis. Text is available from anywhere in the U.S. with a trained Crisis Counselor. Crisis Text Line trains volunteers to support people in crisis.
Veterans Crisis Line
Call 800.273.8255, press 1.
The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource that’s available to anyone, even if you’re not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care. The caring, qualified responders at the Veterans Crisis Line are specially trained and experienced in helping veterans of all ages and circumstances; many of the responders are veterans themselves. If you’re a veteran in crisis or concerned about one, there are caring, qualified VA responders standing by to help 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Call 877-565-8860 to speak to someone now.
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Fighting the epidemic of trans suicide and improving the overall life-outcomes of trans people the Trans Lifeline facilitates justice-oriented, collective community aid. Their peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. The line is available daily from 7 a.m.–1 a.m. PST / 9 a.m.–3 a.m. CST / 10 a.m.–4 a.m. EST. Volunteers may be available during off-hours.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 800.799.SAFE (7233)
Live chat available on the website.
If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Help is available to callers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Hotline advocates are available for victims and anyone calling on their behalf to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, information, and referrals to agencies in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Assistance is available in English and Spanish with access to more than 170 languages through interpreter services.
Text “START” to 678-678.
Live chat is available on the website.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
Love is Respect
Text ‘LOVEIS’ to 1.866.331.9474
Call 800.787.3224 or 1.866.331.9474
A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is Respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.