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This page is a collaborative effort of the MetaFilter community to collect links to mental health support resources and related AskMe threads.

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Crisis: Where to go for help

Lists of Suicide Hotlines, Local and National Resources


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-TALK (8255)
    • Veterans, press "1"
    • En español, oprima el "2"
  • 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
  • Crisis Text Line - text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA for free, 24/7 support from a trained crisis counselor
  • 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


  • 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

  • The Veterans Crisis Line connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text. Veterans and their loved ones can call 1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online, or send a text message to 838255 to receive confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Support for individuals who are hard of hearing or deaf is also available, including TTY service at 1-800-799-4889.
  • The Military Crisis Line offers confidential support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through the Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), online chat and text (838255). In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118. In Korea call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118. In Afghanistan call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111. In Europe, toll-free service may not be available through all carriers or in all countries.
  • Military OneSource offers a Military helpline (Stateside 1-800-342-9647, Overseas 484-530-5908 (they accept collect calls)), live chat and online counseling.
  • Defense Center of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) Outreach Center: Mental health staff will chat live 24/7, or you can call them at 1-866-966-1020.
  • The e-VETS Resource Advisor assists Veterans, Service Members, and those who support them to navigate information and resources, including Benefits and Compensation, Education and Training, Employment, Family and Caregiver Support, Health, Homeless Assistance, Housing, Transportation and Travel, Other Services and Resources, and State-Specific Information and Resources. This online service integrates with the National Resource Directory (NRD), a web-based directory of more than 11,000 national, state and local services and resources for Veterans, Service Members, and their families and caregivers.

European Union


Australia - GLBT

  • QLife - Online chat or phone 1800 184 527 3pm-12am every day; email


  • 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





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


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



New Zealand


  • 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)


  • Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90 (Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing Minicom: 08457 90 91 92)
  • If you are a child, Childline: 0800 1111
  • MIND Infoline (for mental health information and advice): 0300 123 3393 (or text: 86463). 9:00-18:00, Mon-Fri.



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

Additional Hotlines: Domestic Violence and Abuse


  • 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


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



  • 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)?




  • 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


Americans Overseas


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


  • 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.


  • 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.


How to support a survivor of rape or sexual assault

AskMe Threads

Further Reading

Additional Hotlines: Online Harassment and Abuse

  • The Crash Override Network offers online resources for victims of online harassment, stalking, and abuse. The Crash Override Network also provides personalized assistance to individuals through an e-mail crisis helpline. The email hotline can be reached through the website or via email at help [at]
  • 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.
  • 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 or as a direct message through Whisper.

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 to help with health insurance, you can google the name of your state and "Community Health Worker," or find links to local organizations in your state 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 offers an online help locator that can be searched by city & state or zip code.


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. offers a directory of State Health Insurance Assistance Programs, which provide free, local, one-on-one and sometimes face-to-face medicare and health insurance counseling to Medicare Seniors.


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





Help with Finding a Therapist

AskMe Threads About Finding A Therapist

Specific Comments

Specific Therapist Recommendations







UK: Scotland

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

  • 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).
  • The NAMI HelpLine is a free service that can be reached at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or for information, referrals and support for people living with a mental health condition, family members and caregivers, mental health providers and the public.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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."

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

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


USA and Canada

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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