Common Hotline Phone Numbers
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).
Immediate Online Assistance
Try one of these free crisis chat services:
Crisis Text Line (on your smartphone)