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Telephone Hotlines & Helplines

Looking for a telephone hotline or helpline because you’re in emotional distress (such as depression), or are in a bad situation that you need help getting out of?

We’ve got you covered. If you don’t see what you need below, please see our more extensive common hotline phone numbers list that covers the most common topics of people in need. It also lists online ways of reaching out for help, such as text chat.

Remember — you are not alone. Others are here to help you get through this difficult time. Please take a moment to reach out and call someone. If not one of the telephone numbers below, then a friend or someone you can talk to in order to take the next steps in your life.

Learn more: About Depression, Depression Symptoms, and Depression Treatment

U.S. Helplines

US Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255
Crisis Chat or Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
NDMDA Depression Hotline – Support Group800-826-3632
Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline800-784-2433
Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline630-482-9696
Child Abuse Hotline – Support & Information800-422-4453
Crisis Help Line – For Any Kind of Crisis 800-233-4357
Domestic & Teen Dating Violence (English & Spanish)800-992-2600
Parental Stress Hotline – Help for Parents800-632-8188
Runaway Hotline (All Calls are Confidential) 800-231-6946
Sexual Assault Hotline (24/7, English & Spanish) 800-223-5001
Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House 800-999-9999
National Child Abuse Hotline800-422-4453
National Domestic Violence Hotline800-799-SAFE
National Domestic Violence Hotline (TDD) 800-787-3224
National Youth Crisis Hotline800-448-4663

U.K. Helplines

The Samaritans0845 790 9090
Child line0800 1111
National AIDS helpline 0800 567 123
Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline 0345 023 468
Sexual Abuse Centre0117 935 1707
Counselling (Youth) – Maidenhead01628 636 661
Youth Info Services – Milton Keynes0173 334 9932
Lesbian & Gay Switchboard0121 622 6589
Lothian Gay & Lesbian Switchboard – Scotland 0131 556 4049
Telephone Hotlines & Helplines

John M. Grohol, Psy.D.

Dr. John Grohol is the founder & CEO of Psych Central. He is an author, researcher and expert in mental health online, and has been writing about online behavior, mental health and psychology issues -- as well as the intersection of technology and human behavior -- since 1992. Dr. Grohol sits on the editorial board of the journal Computers in Human Behavior and is a founding board member and treasurer of the Society for Participatory Medicine. He writes regularly and extensively on mental health concerns, the intersection of technology and psychology, and advocating for greater acceptance of the importance and value of mental health in today's society. You can learn more about Dr. John Grohol here.

APA Reference
Grohol, J. (2018). Telephone Hotlines & Helplines. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 22, 2019, from
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Last updated: 8 Oct 2018
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