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Crisis: Where to go for help

Lists of Suicide and Mental Health Crisis Hotlines, Local and National Resources

USA

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Veterans, press "1"
    • En español, oprima el "2"
  • Mental Health America Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, or text MHA to 741741 to speak with a trained crisis counselor 24/7 at Crisis Text Line, or call 911, or go to the nearest emergency room.
  • Hopeline: 800-SUICIDE (784-2433) / 800-442-HOPE (4673) or online chat from their website
    • 877-838-2838 Veterans Peer Support
    • 800-784-2432 En Español / Spanish-speaking
    • 877-968-8454 Teen-to-Teen peer counseling
    • 800-472-3457 Grad Students
    • 800-773-6667 Post-partum depression
    • 800-799-4TTY (4889) TTY
  • American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress (AAETS) Nationwide Crisis Line and Hotline Directory (50 States, DC, PR)
  • CrisisChat.org: online crisis chat line
  • IMAlive: online crisis chat line
  • CrisisLink: 703-527-4077 or for text crisis line, text "CONNECT" to 85511
  • Boys Town National Hotline for youth: 800-448-3000
  • Your Life Your Voice for youth: online chat, texting and email support (also through Boys Town)
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (For help finding local resources)
  • New Hope Online - online crisis chat from a Catholic counseling organization
  • Disaster Distress Helpline SAMHSA provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters. This crisis support service is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as: tornadoes and severe storms, hurricanes and tropical storms, floods, wildfires, earthquakes, drought, incidents of mass violence, infectious disease outbreaks, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.
    • Call 1-800-985-5990 or TTY 1-800-846-8517 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
    • En Español: Call 1-800-985-5990 and press "2" from the 50 States, or text Hablanos to 66746.
    • From Puerto Rico, text Hablanos to 1-787-339-2663.
    • Callers to the hotline can also connect with counselors in over 100 other languages via 3rd-party interpretation services; to connect with a counselor in your primary language, simply indicate your preferred language to the responding counselor and she/he will connect to a live interpreter.

USA - GLBT

  • The Trevor Project: 24/7 crisis & suicide prevention helpline for GLBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386 (they also have online chat and texting lines, thru the website)
  • GLBT National Hotline: telephone and email peer-counseling in the US. 1-888-843-4564 (also youth line and online chat help, thru the website)
  • Trans Lifeline: a crisis hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. US: 1-877-565-8860, Canada: 1-877-330-6366

USA - Military

Australia

Australia - GLBT

  • QLife - Online chat or phone 1800 184 527 3pm-12am every day; email ask@qlife.org.au

Bangladesh

  • Kaan Pete Roi - confidential suicide prevention and crisis line (open Sunday-Wednesday, 3pm-9pm, Thursday 3pm-3am local time)
    • Helpline 1: +8801779554391
    • Helpline 2: +8801688709966
    • Helpline 3: +8801985275286

Belgium

Canada

  • Suicide Hotlines by locality
  • Kids Help Phone: (800) 668-6868 (For kids and teens.)
    • Kids Help Phone: Text CONNECT to 686868 - free and available 24/7/365. You don’t need a data plan, Internet connection or an app to use it. All conversations you have with a volunteer Crisis Responder are confidential. And, you can text from anywhere in Canada.
  • Crisis Text Line Text HOME to 686868 in Canada to text with a trained Crisis Responder. Crisis doesn’t just mean suicide: it’s any painful emotion for which you need support.

European Union

France

Germany

  • 0800 - 111 0 111 (ev.) (protestant)
  • 0800 - 111 0 222 (rk.) (roman catholic)
  • 0800 - 111 0 333 (Kinder / Jugendliche) (for kids/teens)
  • Web: http://www.telefonseelsorge.de

Japan

  • Tokyo English LifeLine
    • 03 5774 0992 (Free, anonymous telephone counseling. 9am - 11pm daily)
    • 03 3498 0231 (Face to Face)

Malaysia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

  • Kirkens SOS: 815 33 300
  • Mental Helse: 116 123
  • Røde Kors-telefonen for barn og unge (Red Cross Helpline for youth): 800 333 21

Republic of Ireland

  • Samaritans: 1850 60 90 90 (Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Minicom: 08457 90 91 92)

UK

  • Mental Health UK lists numbers to call for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland if you or someone you know needs urgent support for their mental health.
  • Samaritans: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Call free 116 123.
  • Shout is an affiliate of Crisis Text Line® in the UK that provides free, confidential support, 24/7 via text. Text SHOUT to 85258 in the UK to text with a trained Crisis Volunteer. Available in England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
  • If you are a child, Childline: 0800 1111
  • The Mix offers a free, confidential helpline for people age 13 - 25 to talk to trained supporters about any issue. Call 0808 808 4994, 4pm to 11pm every day. Crisis text messaging support is also available 24/7, text THEMIX to 85258. The Mix aims to connect every texter to a trained volunteer in less than five minutes to provide crisis help.
  • Kooth offers free, safe and anonymous online support for young people, Mon – Fri 12pm – 10pm and Sat – Sun 6pm – 10pm. The website includes links to 24/7 crisis resources.
  • SANEline is a national out-of-hours mental health helpline offering specialist emotional support, guidance and information to anyone affected by mental illness, including family, friends and carers. Open every day of the year from 4.30pm to 10.30pm on 0300 304 7000. The helpline is a confidential service for those aged 16 or over.
  • CALM National helpline for men to talk about any troubles they are feeling. Nationwide call 0800 58 58 58 from 5pm - midnight, 365 days of the year. London 0808 802 58 58. Webchat is also available 5pm - midnight, 365 days a year.
  • Rethink Mental Illness offers a number of helplines which offer emotional support and also a national advice service, all of which which offer support to those experiencing severe mental illness, their carers and relatives. Calls to our number are free and will not show up on your bill.
    • Rethink Sahayak Asian Mental Health Helpline 0808 800 2073 Monday - Wednesday: 4.00pm - 7.00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 12.00pm - 3.00pm. Callers may speak to us in Asian languages (Gujarati, Punjabi, Hindu, and Urdu) or English.
    • North East Lincs Helpline (Lincsline) 0808 800 1010 Monday - Friday: 5pm - 9am, Saturday - Sunday: 24 hours. Access for supported housing tenants out-of-hours.
    • Doncaster Helpline 0808 801 0442 Offers emotional support 24/7 for people aged 16 and over, who live in Doncaster. Interpreter services are available.
    • Dudley Emotional Support Helpline 0808 802 2288 Monday - Friday: 6.00pm -1.00am, Saturday - Sunday: 2.00pm – 1.00am. Freephone service for those in need of support, reassurance and understanding. Open to anyone experiencing emotional distress, carers, friends or family who require support about someone they know.
    • Sheffield Helpline 0808 801 0440 Offers emotional support 24/7 for people aged 16 and over, who live in Sheffield or are under the care of Sheffield Health & Social Care NHS Foundation Trust. Interpreter services are available.
    • Gloucestershire Self Harm Telephone Support 0808 801 0606 Monday - Sunday: 5pm - 10pm. For people who self-harm, their carers or professionals, offering non-judgmental support, coping strategies and signposting. Call 08088010606, or TEXT 07537410022, or Webchat www.gloucestershireselfharm.org.
  • MIND Infoline (where to get help near you, treatment options, and advocacy services): 0300 123 3393 (or text: 86463). 9:00-18:00, Mon-Fri (except bank holidays)

UK - GLBT

  • LGBT Foundation Helpline (phone and e-mail support for LGBT people): 03453 30 30 30. 10:00-22:00, 7 days.
  • MindLine Trans+ (Telephone support for transgender, agender, genderfluid, and non-binary people, as well as friends and family): 0300 330 5468. Mondays and Fridays, 8pm to midnight.

Worldwide

  • Samaritans offer 24/7 support to anyone in crisis through email jo@samaritans.org
  • Befrienders Worldwide: international non-profit with 31,000 volunteers in over 40 countries.

AskMes About Supporting Someone Else

Further reading: Book Spotlight: “I’m Not Sick, I Don’t Need Help” (NAMI Los Angeles) (Find out more in the book and from this short video of Dr. Amador’s TEDx talk.)
Further reading: Speaking of Suicide (resources for suicidal individuals, their loved ones, survivors, mental health professionals, & others who care, by Stacey Freedenthal, PhD, LCSW)

Additional Hotlines: Domestic Violence and Abuse

US

  • Casa de Esperanza: línea de apoyo bilingüe de 24 horas / 24-hr bilingual domestic violence helpline: 651-772-1611
  • Anti-Violence Project: bilingual (English/Spanish), 24/7 crisis intervention hotline for LGBTQH victims and survivors of any type of violence: 212-714-1141

Americans Overseas

Canada

  • Shelter Safe: (Helpful resources: Find help - includes telephone helplines listed by territory/province).

Ireland

Netherlands

Mexico

UK

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline: 0808 2000 247. 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Victim Support
    • Helpline: 08 08 16 89 111. Operates 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can use Next Generation Text 18001 08 08 16 89 111.
    • Supportline also has an interpretation service for people who do not speak English as a first language.
    • This service is free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales.
    • This service is independent of the police and available regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it took place.
  • AskMe: Emotional support for a victim of crime (UK)?

Australia

  • White Ribbon campaign: 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). 24 hour, National sexual assault, family & domestic violence counselling line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault. (Helpful resources: Finding help - scroll down for state and territory helplines).

New Zealand

  • Are you OK?: Campaign to reduce family violence. 0800 456 450 - Helpline. (Helpful resources: I need help and Experiencing violence)
  • Shine Helpline: 0508 744 633, 9am to 11pm, 7 days a week - for "anyone who is worried about their own situation or who is worried about a friend, family member, child or anyone they know who might be living with domestic abuse. If you are experiencing violence, we are here to support and help you whether you are a man or a woman, straight, transgender, young or old, no matter your ethnicity, culture or personal situation."
  • Women's Refuge 24/7 Crisisline: 0800 733 843 (0800 REFUGE), Find your local Refuge.
  • Shakti Community Council - 0800 742 584

Thailand

Worldwide

How to support a survivor of domestic violence or abuse

From the National Domestic Violence Hotline: How Can You Help a Friend or Family Member?

AskMe Threads:

AskMe Threads

Further Reading


Additional Hotlines: Rape and Sexual Assault

USA

  • RAINN: The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network
    • RAINN offers a National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-HOPE (4673) in partnership with 1,100 rape crisis centers across the nation, providing free, confidential support 24/7.
    • RAINN also offers an anonymous and confidential National Sexual Assault Online Hotline staffed by trained support specialists available 24/7.
    • The Safe Helpline provides confidential crisis intervention, support and information to members of the DoD community who have been sexually assaulted. The Safe Helpline is available 24/7, worldwide; the phone number is the same inside the U.S. or via the Defense Switched Network (DSN): 877-995-5247. DSN users can call U.S. toll-free numbers by dialing 94 + the 10-digit toll-free number. Those unable to call toll-free or DSN can call 202-540-5962. The Department of Defense has contracted with RAINN to provide independent and anonymous services for this hotline for the DoD Community.

UK

  • Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre
    • Helpline: 0808 802 9999. Open every day, 12:00 to 14:30 and 19:00 to 21:30
    • Counselling: 0209 683 3311. Open Mon-Fri 9am - 7pm.
  • Rape And Abuse Line
    • Answered by women 0808 8000 123
    • Answered by men 0808 8000 122
  • Victim Support
    • Helpline: 08 08 16 89 111. Operates 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas.
    • If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can use Next Generation Text 18001 08 08 16 89 111.
    • Supportline also has an interpretation service for people who do not speak English as a first language.
    • This service is free, confidential and available to anyone in England and Wales.
    • This service is independent of the police and available regardless of whether the crime has been reported or how long ago it took place.

Canada

EU

  • Rape Crisis Network Europe "RCNE is the network of European centres which support survivors of sexual violence. We aim to make sure that anyone who experiences sexual violence can get the help they need. Use this site to find out where you can get help and information. It does not matter whether the sexual violence happened recently or a long time ago."

Australia

International

How to support a survivor of rape or sexual assault

AskMe Threads

Further Reading


Additional Hotlines: Online Harassment and Abuse

US

  • Without My Consent is a non-profit organization seeking to combat online invasions of privacy that offers a variety of resources, including a Something Can Be Done! Guide that includes an overview of Evidence Preservation, Take Down, Copyright Registration, and Restraining Orders.

UK

  • In the UK, there is a Revenge Porn Helpline that offers free, confidential advice and support by telephone at 0345 6000 459, and is open from 10:00am - 4:00pm, Monday to Friday. Emails can be sent to help@revengepornhelpline.org.uk or as a direct message through Whisper.

International

  • HeartMob is a project of Hollaback!, a non-profit organization powered by a global network of local activists who are dedicated to ending harassment in public spaces, and offers a variety of online resources, including a list of supportive organizations for individuals experiencing online harassment and an online tool to respond to harassment on Twitter.

Additional Resources

AskMe Threads


Health Insurance

Help with Health Insurance

In the United States, according to the National Academy of State Health Policy, as states transform their health systems, many are turning to Community Health Workers (CHWs) to facilitate care coordination and enhance access to community-based services. While state definitions vary, CHWs are typically frontline workers with an understanding of the communities they serve.

To find a Community Health Worker (CHW) to help with health insurance, you can search the National Provider Identifier Database for Community Health Workers. Another option is to google the name of your state and "Community Health Worker," to help ensure access to the most updated information in your area. Links to local organizations may also be found at the National Academy of State Health Policy website by clicking on the "Organizations & Workgroup" tab.

In addition, many states offer help to consumers with health insurance problems through Consumer Assistance Programs (CAPs) to assist consumers experiencing problems with their health insurance or seeking to learn about health coverage options. State CAPs offer direct assistance by phone, direct mail, email, or walk-in locations to help consumers learn how to obtain or use their insurance effectively. A listing of CAP programs are available here.

ACA

Healthcare.gov offers an online help locator that can be searched by city & state or zip code.

Medicare

Medicare Rights offers a National Helpline at 1-800-333-4114 to answer questions from people with Medicare, their family members and friends. Todos nuestros servicios están disponibles en español. Si desea hablar con un consejero en español, llame a nuestra línea de servicio al cliente (1-800-333-4114) y presione el “8” cuando oiga el mensaje del operador.

The State Health Insurance Assistance Program National Technical Assistance Center offers an online directory of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIPs), which provide free, local, in-depth, and objective insurance counseling and assistance to Medicare-eligible individuals, their families, and caregivers. Local SHIPs can also be found by calling 1-877-839-2675.

Medicaid

Medicaid is a health coverage program operated by states, within broad federal guidelines. Although the federal government pays a portion of the costs, Medicaid is administered and operated by states, and each state's program is a little different depending on the needs and goals of that state. Contact your state to answer questions and/or apply for Medicaid.

AskMe Threads About Health Insurance

2019

2018

2017


Health Care and Medication

Low-cost / No-cost Sources of Medication and Health Care

  • The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that can be reached at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or info@nami.org for information, referrals and support for people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public. The NAMI website also offers information about prescription assistance with links to government and nonprofit organizations that may offer support, including:
  • Needymeds offers information about low- or no-cost sources of medication/health care in the US and Clinics that are free or low cost with a sliding scale.
  • GoodRx offers a searchable database to find the lowest priced prescription drugs.
  • In the United States, Community Health Workers (CHWs) may be available to assist with access to health care and care coordination. To find a Community Health Worker (CHW) to help with access to health care, you can search the National Provider Identifier Database for Community Health Workers. Another option is to google the name of your state and "Community Health Worker," to help ensure access to the most updated information in your area. Links to local organizations may also be found at the National Academy of State Health Policy website by clicking on the "Organizations & Workgroup" tab.
  • The SAMHSA National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) can be reached at 1-800-662-HELP (4357) and is a confidential and free service, available 24/7 in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental health and/or substance use disorders. This service offers referrals to free and low-cost treatment facilities, support groups and community-based organizations. SAMHSA also offers a searchable mental health treatment locator and links to other helplines and treatment locators.
  • A health center locator for free health care is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).


Abortion and Contraception

  • The National Abortion Federation (NAF) offers "medically accurate and unbiased information on surgical and medical abortion and quality assurance in abortion care" and assistance with finding providers in the US, Canada, Mexico, and other countries, through online maps and "the NAF Hotline referral line 1-877-257-0012 provides referrals to member clinics in the U.S. and Canada (no funding assistance provided on this line). For information about abortion and other resources, including financial assistance, please call 1-800-772-9100."
  • Planned Parenthood offers a variety of medical services for reproductive and sexual health, including contraception and abortion. Find a health center online at their website or call 1-800-230-PLAN.
  • The SIA Legal Team offers a confidential and anonymous legal help line at (844) 868-2812 for people who fear being questioned by police or run into any legal trouble when trying to obtain a telemedicine abortion.

Further reading: Georgia attempts to criminalize abortion (Abortion is still legal in all 50 states)

Further reading: Abortion Clinics Are Staying Open During The Coronavirus Outbreak. (information and resources for US and Canada)


Therapy

Help with Finding a Therapist

US

Canada

UK

  • How to access mental health services (NHS)
  • BACP Find a Therapist Directory 01455 883300 Through the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) you can find out more about counselling services in your area.
  • Mind Infoline 0300 123 3393, Email: info@mind.org.uk Text: 86463 Post: Mind Infoline, PO Box 75225, London, E15 9FS. "Mind provides confidential mental health information services. With support and understanding, Mind enables people to make informed choices. The Infoline gives information on types of mental health problems, where to get help, drug treatments, alternative therapies and advocacy. Mind works in partnership with around 140 local Minds providing local mental health services."
  • Mind How can I find a therapist? overview, including NHS therapists, Charity and third sector therapists, Therapists at your place of work or education, and Private therapists.
  • Rethink Advice and Information Service 0300 5000 927 Monday - Friday 9.30am - 4.00pm offers practical advice to adults living in England who are affected by mental illness, including people with a mental health problem, their friends, families, carers, as well as professionals who may want to know more about mental illness and how they can support the person they are working with. The Advice Service are expertly trained in a range of issues, including: mental health conditions, access to care and treatment, different medications and treatments, individual rights under the Mental Health Act, social care, and welfare benefits. Advice is also available to carers about their rights and how they can support the person they care for. Written advice is also available by e-mailing advice@rethink.org or writing to PO Box 17106, Birmingham WMid, B9 9LL.
  • Time To Change Mental health help and support services listing
  • The Mental Health Foundation offers an overview "Getting help for my mental health and how to access support" that includes links to a variety of resources.

AskMe Threads About Finding A Therapist

Specific Comments

Specific Therapist Recommendations

US

Australia

Canada

China

Israel

Japan

UK: Scotland

Online Support, Suggested in AskMe

These resources are not suggested as a replacement for real-life therapy, but may be helpful for support, self-discovery and advice:


AskMe Threads about Short-Term Coping Strategies for Anxiety


Grief Resources

Grief Counseling Resource Guide - A Field Manual (NYS Office of Mental Health) (internet archive) (pdf) (internet archive)

FPP: Each person’s grief is as unique as their fingerprint (David Kessler on the Difference Between Mourning and Grief)

AskMe Threads about Grief and Grieving


Depression resources

General advice about Depression

Depression creates cognitive distortions that can make getting help seem difficult or impossible. People who do a lot of thinking can often think themselves into a dangerous corner. This section may help you act, spurred on by this MeTa thread.

LobsterMitten offers this broad summary of AskMe depression advice

  1. Seek therapy or other one-on-one counseling for help in breaking thought patterns that keep you depressed. Make and keep therapy appointments. If you don't click with the first therapist, don't give up - try another therapist.
  2. Maybe seek meds; different ones work for different people
  3. Exercise; this doesn't have to be as hard as you might think
  4. Be around people (a job, housemates, a coffee shop). Online doesn't count for this
  5. Shower, dress and get out of the house every day for at least a little while.
  6. Eat a sensible amount of healthy food.
  7. Sleep a reasonable amount. If you are sleeping more than 10 hrs a day, make routines with help from others that will help you break out of that pattern
  8. Don't make up excuses for why you can't do any of 1-7. Making up excuses to stay depressed is a big part of depression.
  9. If these aren't helping, try again, let someone know.

AskMe Threads For Those Who Are Depressed

AskMe Threads for Those Who Would Like To Help Someone Suffering From Depression

AskMe Threads about Talking To Loved Ones About Your Depression

Books, Articles &c.

Books that members have found helpful and have recommended to others in AskMe

Additional Resources


Postpartum Depression Resources

International

USA and Canada

UK

  • The PANDAS Foundation offers a free Help Line at 0808 1961 776, 9am – 8pm every day, online support, a support group directory, and other resources.

Further Reading

AskMe Threads

Alcoholism Resources

AskMe Threads about having a problem with drinking

AskMe Threads about dealing with someone else's drinking

Resources Suggested in AskMe Threads

For people having a problem with drinking:

For family and friends:

Books, Articles &c.


MetaTalk Threads


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