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Crisis: Where to go for help

Lists of Suicide Hotlines, Local and National Resources



  • The Trevor Project: 24/7 crisis & suicide prevention helpline for GLBTQ youth. 1-866-488-7386
  • GLBT National Hotline: telephone and email peer-counseling in the US. 1-888-843-4564
  • Trans Lifeline: a crisis hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. US: 1-877-565-8860, Canada: 1-877-330-6366

USA - Military

European Union






  • 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




Online Therapist Finders

AskMe Threads About Finding A Therapist

Specific Comments

Specific Therapist Recommendations







UK: Scotland

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

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:

  • "no-religious, pro-med, pro-therapy, and the main rule is that you cannot be a bigger asshole than the mods."
  • Crazy Meds "Also non religious but more med oriented."
  • MD Junction Support Groups
  • Psych Central Forums Registration required, moderated by mental health professionals.
  • MentalEarth Peer-operated support forums for people affected by mental illness and mental disorders. You must be a legal adult to use the site.

AskMe Threads About Long-Term Coping Strategies

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

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.

Postpartum Depression Resources


USA and Canada

Rape and Sexual Assault Resources




If you know someone who has been a victim of rape or sexual violence and would like to help

AskMe Threads Regarding Rape

Further Reading