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Suicide / Crisis

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (800) 273-8255 The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.

IMALIVE Online Chat  IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.

Crisis Call Center (775) 784-8090 or text ANSWER to  839863. Crisis Call Center's 24/7/365 days a year crisis line is here to provide a safe source of support for individuals in any type of crisis

Disaster Distress Helpline (800) 985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to  66746.  SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

Depression Hotline (630) 482-9696 Suicide Prevention Services of America is devoted to saving lives and restoring hope through prevention, intervention, and postvention.

 

 

Alcohol and Substance Use
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (800) 622-2255. NCADD helps you find care in your community, learn more about substance use issues, and make informed health-care choices.


SAMHSA: National Helpline (800) 662-4357. SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.


Al-Anon Family Groups (888) 425-2666. Help for Families with Drinking Related Problems


Narcotics Anonymous (866) 624-35780. If you are an addict and have chanced across these pages, give yourself a break and call one of our helplines.

 

Domestic or Sexual Violence

 

Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse (800) 799-7233 Are you a victim of Abuse or knows anyone who is? Call for Help 24/7

Elder Abuse Hotlines (800) 252-8966. If you suspect elder abuse, neglect, or exploitation, call your state's elder abuse hotline or reporting number. Help is available.


National Domestic Violence Hotline (800)799-7233. Hotline advocates are available to chat every day from 7 a.m. - 2 a.m. Central time


Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN) . (800) 656-HOPE (4673). Call to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.

 

Sexual Abuse - Stop It Now! (888) PREVENT (7738368). A hotline to help stop sexual abuse of children.
 

Eating Disorders


National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Eating Disorders
. (630) 577-1330. An Eating Disorder Support Group.

 

National Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center (858) 481-1515 We have been providing eating disorder referrals since 1999.

National Eating Disorders Association (800) 931-2237. NEDA- Feeding Hope. NEDA supports individuals and families affected by eating disorders, and serves as a catalyst for prevention, cures and access to quality care.

 

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step recovery fellowship for those who have a desire to stop compulsive eating behaviors including overeating, bulimia, anorexia, and exercise bulimia. 

Gay & Lesbian National / GLBTQ
 

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline  (888)843-4564 or text ANSWER to  839863 Serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning people by providing free and confidential peer-support and local resources

 

Gay & Lesbian Trevor HelpLine Suicide Prevention  (800) 850-8078 If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the Trevor Lifeline now

 

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Program  (800) 832-1901 GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project, for reports and counseling needs

 

GLBT National Youth Talkline (800) 246-PRIDE (77433) Monday thru Friday from 1pm to 9pm, pacific time, (Monday thru Friday from 4pm to midnight, eastern time), Saturday from 9am to 2pm, pacific time; (Saturday from noon to 5pm, eastern time)

 

Trans Lifeline (877) 565-8860 Trans Lifeline is a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the well being of transgender people. We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people

Mental Health & Grief

National Institute of Mental Health Information Center (866) 615-6464 "Transforming the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses"


National Victims of Crime Center 1 (800) FYI-CALL(1-800-394-2255) Confidential referrals for crime victims

 

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) (800) 959-8277 Led by experts in the fields of child development, mental health and education, TAPS Programs provide safe spaces for military children to explore grief and embrace healing.

 

American Chronic Pain Association (800)-533-3231 Support and education for individuals with chronic pain and their families

 

CHADD-Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (800) 233-4050 Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), is a national nonprofit organization that improves the lives of people affected by ADHD through education, advocacy, and support.

 

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) (800) 826 -3632 Depression and bipolar disorder can be isolating illnesses, but DBSA support groups can help you connect with others who have been there as well. 

 

Grief Recovery Institute (818) 907-9600 Are you, or someone you love, is suffering from a broken heart. Is it due to a death, divorce or another major loss? If so you might feel sad, distracted, or confused. You are not alone. The Grief Recovery Method has been helping people feel better following a loss for over 35 years

 

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) (888) 575-7373 Founded in 1977 by Carrie and Pete Rozelle as the Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities.


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) (800) 950-NAMI (6264) NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.

 

Panic Disorder Information Hotline 800- 64-PANIC (72642) The compassionate staff at the panic disorder hotline can provide information about what happens during an attack and provide tips to help get through the attack.


Self-Injury (Information only)   1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288) S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® is a nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.

 

Sexual Health / Pregnancy

AIDS Hotline (Youth only) (800) 788-1234 AIDS Action Committee - You+Me Working Towards a World Without HIV


AIDS National Hotline (800)-342-2437 National Prevention Information Network

 

AIDS info (800) 448-0440 Offering information on HIV/AIDS, treatment, prevention, and research

American Sexual Health Association (919) 361-8488 ASHA was founded in 1914 in New York City, formed out of early 20th century social reform movements focused on fighting sexually transmitted infections (known then as venereal disease, or VD) and prostitution.

 

Baby Safe Haven (888) 510-2229 If you're pregnant and do not feel you can care for your baby, or if you have a baby you cannot care for, you've come to the right place.

 

National AIDS Hotline (800) 232-4636 AIDS Services Locators

 

Planned Parenthood National Hotline (800) 230-7526 Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.

 

Postpartum Support International (800) 944-4773 We provide direct peer support to families, train professionals, and provide a bridge to connect them.


Project Inform HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline (800) 822-7422. Project Inform believes it is possible to create the first generation free of HIV and hepatitis C within the next decade. To achieve that dream, we focus our work in four areas: drug development, bio-medical prevention, education and health care access.

 

STD Hotline  (800) 227-8922 CDC - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Youth and Parenting

Covenant House Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Covenant House offers youth homeless shelters in 31 cities, and services including healthcare, educational support/GED preparation/college scholarships, job readiness and skills training programs, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, mental health services, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, street outreach and aftercare.

 

Boys Town National Hotline 800-448-3000 For youth in distress, the Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. The speech- and hearing-impaired can contact us at our email address: hotline@boystown.org

 

Child At Risk Hotline (800) 792-5200 To report abuse or neglect, call the Child-at-Risk Hotline anytime of the day or night.

 

Child Welfare Information Gateway (800)-FYI-3366 (800-394-3366) Child Welfare Information Gateway promotes the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families by connecting child welfare, adoption, and related professionals as well as the public to information, resources, and tools covering topics on child welfare, child abuse and neglect, out-of-home care, adoption, and more.

 

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline 800-4-A-CHILD (800 4-2-24453 The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse

 

CyberTipline for reporting the exploitation of children (800)-843-5678 Reduce Child Sexual Abuse by caling our hotline

 

Missing & Exploited Children Hotline (800)-843-5678 Report missing and exploited kids for immediate help.

 

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children Hotline 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) If you think you have seen a missing child, contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

National Runaway Switchboard (800) 786-2929 Is a 24/7 Helpline for youths who are thinking or has ran away from home.

 

Parental Stress Line (800) 632-8188 24/7 Parents or guardians with problems relating to their children do not hesitate to call us.

 

Speak Up Prevent Gun Violence (866) 773-2587 Call to anonymously report a weapon threat at school or in your community. 

 

Love our Children USA -Teen Helpline (800) 400-0900 For teen related problems and issues, we are here to listen and to help.

 

Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline (800) 872-5437 National Call Center for At-Risk Youth offers a 24 hour hotline for both parents and children.