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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.

Related resources:


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


Australia - GLBT

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





  • 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.
  • Distress Centre is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Distress Line provides confidential and non-judgemental telephone support, resources and problem solving skills.
    • Distress Line: 519-667-6711
    • Crisis Response London: 519-433-2023
    • Crisis Response Middlesex County: 1-866-933-2023
    • Seniors Helpline: 519-667-6600



  • 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


  • The Crash Override Network focuses on fighting online harassment and abuse through crisis center support and ongoing assistance to survivors.
  • 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).






  • 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




How to support a survivor of rape or sexual assault

AskMe Threads

Further Reading


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

  • 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 low- or no-cost sources of medication/health care in the US. Clinics which are free or low cost with a sliding scale.

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 Long-Term Coping Strategies

AskMe Threads About Short-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

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