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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.

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U.S. Helplines

US Suicide Prevention Lifeline1-800-273-8255
Crisis Chat or Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
National Child Abuse Hotline – Support & Information800-422-4453
Parental Stress Helpline – Parents Helping Parents800-632-8188
Runaway Hotline 800-RUN-AWAY
National Sexual Assault Helpline 800-656-HOPE
National Domestic Violence Hotline866-331-9474
Text LOVEIS to 22522

U.K. Helplines

The Samaritans – Help for suicide, domestic violence, crisis in the UK116 123
Child line0800 1111
NHS Sexual Health Line 0800 567 123
Women’s Aid National Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247
The Greenhouse Sexual Abuse Centre0117 935 1707
Number 22 – Youth Counselling in Windsor, Maidenhead01628 636 661
Youth Info Services – Milton Keynes01908 604 700
Lesbian & Gay Switchboard0300 330 0630

Need another hotline phone number?

Check out our longer list of common hotline and helpline phone numbers and services.

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. (2019). Telephone Hotlines & Helplines. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 20, 2019, from
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