Whether you’re in crisis or are just looking help for a friend or family member, there are dozens of organizations available to help you deal with a variety of immediate concerns, from crisis situations and domestic violence, to rape and substance abuse. Most of these hotlines are available 24 hours a day, and can help you with whatever level of assistance you need — from general information about the topic, to helping you find an immediate intervention. The hotlines below are listed in alphabetical order according to topic.

Calling a hotline can be daunting, we know. But understand that every hotline is staffed by specially trained volunteers to help you through your situation. Taking that first step and picking up the phone can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do — but you can do it!

Know that hotlines are not the same as psychotherapy. Hotlines are not staffed or setup to talk to the same folks day after day about their concerns or needs. That doesn’t mean you can only call a hotline once, just that you shouldn’t be calling on a daily basis without seeking other forms of treatment or assistance. For mental health concerns, that means finding a therapist you can talk to or, in some cases, seeking out inpatient care.

If you’re suicidal, we recommend contacting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline toll-free at 800-273-8255. Additional crisis and suicide hotlines are available in the category below, Crises and Suicide.

Need help for domestic violence? Call toll-free: 800-799-7233 (SAFE).

Try one of these free crisis chat services:

Crisis Chat

Crisis Text Line (on your smartphone)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline



CDC AIDS Information website

AIDS Info: Treatment, Prevention and Research (800) HIV-0440


Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics Automated meeting information (800) 344-2666

Families Anonymous – 12-step program similar to Al-Anon, meeting information only (800) 736-9805

SAMHSA National Helpline 800-662-HELP (4357)


California Child Protection Hotline Within CA only: (800) 540-4000

Massachusetts Child Abuse Hotline (800) 792-5200

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (800) 422-4453

Covenant House – Help for runaways (800) 999-9999


Girls & Boys Town National Hotline (800) 448-3000

International Suicide Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – For youth and adults (800) 273-TALK (8255)

Samaritans (UK Crisis Help, Anywhere in the UK or Ireland) 116 123


National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233

Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE


American Association of Poison Control Centers (800) 222-1222


Disaster Distress Hotline (SAMHSA) (800) 985-5990

National Eating Disorders Center Helpline (800) 931-2237 Open M-F, 9-9pm

Shoplifters Anonymous (800) 848-9595 Open M-F, 9-5pm; otherwise use their website

San Francisco Sex Information (415) 989 SFSI Open M-Thur, 3-9pm PT

Veteran’s Crisis Line (800) 273-8255

YouthLine (877) 968-8491 Text TEEN2TEEN to 839863


Planned Parenthood Hotline (800) 230-PLAN (7526)


Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (800) 656-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse (800) 799-7233


National Runaway Safeline 800-RUN-AWAY

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (800) 843-5678

Child Find of America Helpline (800) 426-5678


SAMHSA’s National Helpline (800) 662-4357

Poison Control (800) 222-1222

National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline (800) 662-4357

Cocaine Anonymous (800) 347-8998

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Just Need Someone to Talk To & Not in Crisis?

Check out Warmlines instead.

Need a UK resource? Check these hotline and helplines out.