Crisis Hotlines and Resources for Triggering or Traumatic Events and News

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The events taking place in the news may be triggering to many in our BrainLine community. If you need to talk, you are not alone. There are resources available now. Please reach out to the crisis lines below.

Crisis Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Lifeline (suicidepreventionlifeline.org)
24/7 free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Also available for Spanish-speakers and anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing. In the UK the Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123. In Australia, Lifeline is on 13 11 14. Other international suicide helplines can be found at befrienders.org.
 

Veterans Crisis Line

Call: 1-800-273-8255, and Press 1
Text: 838255
Chat: Connect online
24/7 free confidential support open to all veterans, military members, family, and friends.
 

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to: 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor
US and Canada: text 741741
UK: text 85258 | Ireland: text 50808
https://www.crisistextline.org
Message Crisis Text Line on Facebook [must be logged into a Facebook account]
24/7 free confidential support from volunteer counselors, supervised by a licensed, trained mental health professional. It may take a few moments to connect.
 

Disaster Distress Helpline

Call or Text: 1-800-985-5990
Disaster Distress Helpline | SAMHSA
24/7 free national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. Spanish-speakers can call the hotline and press “2” for 24/7 bilingual support.
 

Trans Lifeline

Call: (877) 565-8860
https://translifeline.org
24/7 free confidential trans-led crisis intervention and can also offer guidance to anyone who is questioning their gender and needs support.
 

LGBTQIA+ National Hotline

Call: 1-888-843-4564
https://www.glbthotline.org
Email: help@LGBThotline.org
Hours: Monday - Friday, 4pm–12am ET / 1pm–9pm PT, Saturday 12pm–5pm ET/ 9am–2pm PT
Free and confidential, providing an anonymous safe space where callers can speak on many different issues and concerns including, but not limited to, coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identities, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS anxiety, safer sex information, suicide, and much more.

International Suicide Hotlines

https://www.suicide.org
Hours: varies by hotline
Suicide.org is a 501c3 non-profit organization that offers a list of international suicide hotlines as well as other information and resources.

 

Crisis Hotlines for Kids and Teens

YouthLine

Text “teen2teen” to 839863
Call: 1-877-968-8491
YouthLine provides a safe space for children and adults ages 11 to 21, to talk through any issues they may be facing, including eating disorders, relationship or family concerns, bullying, sexual identity, depression, self-harm, anxiety, and thoughts of suicide.
 

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

Call: 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
Text: 1-800-422-4453
https://childhelphotline.org/
24/7 free confidential support for issues related to child abuse. Childhelp connects you with professional counselors to help in a crisis, and provide information on how to get help. They offer phone support in 170 languages.
 

The Trevor Project

Call: 1-866-488-7386
Text START to: 678678
https://www.thetrevorproject.org
24/7 free confidential support for LGBTQIA+ kids and teens during a crisis, if they are feeling suicidal or need a safe space to talk about any issue.
 

Drug or Alcohol Abuse

Call 911 in any emergency situation regarding drug, alcohol, or substance use.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Helpline, 1-800-662-HELP (4357), (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) or TTY: 1-800-487-4889 is a confidential, free, 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year, information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

 

Domestic Violence, Rape, and Sexual Assault Hotlines

National Domestic Violence Hotline

Call: 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) / TTY 1.800.787.3224
Chat: Domestic Violence Support (thehotline.org)
Text "START" to: 88788
24/7 free, confidential support for anyone who is experiencing domestic violence and/or abuse, plus anyone concerned about a friend, family member, or loved one. Support in more than 200 languages.
 

National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline

Video Phone: 855-812-1001
Email: hotline@adwas.org
Live Chat: The Deaf Hotline
24/7 free, confidential support with a trained counselor. The National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline is a spinoff from the NDVH specifically for Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals.
 

RAINN

Call: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
Chat: Online Hotline (rainn.org)
RAINN's (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) hotline is for anyone who's experienced sexual abuse or assault. You'll be connected with someone at a local organization in your area who can provide live support and direct you to additional resources.

 

State and Local Resources

The Hotline Directory - #4Help

International Council for Helplines

 

Additional Non-Emergency Resources

BrainLine Resource Directory

Brain Injury Resource Line – For information only: 1-800-444-6443, managed by the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania.

notOK Pre-Crisis App – If you are not in crisis now but fear you may be in the future, consider downloading the “NotOK” app to your phone, available for free on Apple and Android devices.

Warmlines – If you are not having immediate crisis which requires a hotline, consider calling a warmline. A warmline is a peer-run listening line staffed by people in mental health recovery themselves.

Well Beings – Demystifying and destigmatizing our physical and mental health through storytelling. Watch personal accounts of struggle and recovery, and get tips and advice to strengthen your health and wellness.

Wounded Warrior Project Resource Center – Connects veterans with a suite of services, available from 9 am to 9 pm ET Monday through Friday at 1-888-WWP-ALUM (997-2586).

Posted on BrainLine July 29, 2021. Reviewed July 29, 2021.