Need some real-time support? These free hotlines are basically the Ghostbusters of mental health. They will pick up whenever you need to talk, chat, or even text.
The Crisis Text Line is the first crisis hotline to operate completely via text. Its volunteers are trained to help you get out of panic mode and into a calm place. Just text from your cell anytime. and a counselor will jump right in. Text "Start" to 741-741.
You don’t have to be suicidal to contact the Lifeline. The counselors are trained to talk you through a crisis and can connect you to local resources in your area. Call 1-800-273-8255. If the phone isn’t your style, you can chat with a counselor online.
If you are a victim of sexual assault or abuse, the counselors at RAINN have your back. Call their confidential support line for emotional support and help to figure out next steps. Call 1-800-656-4673 or chat online.
The Trevor Project provides crisis services to LGBTQ people between the ages of thirteen and twenty-four. But don’t worry if you happen to be a little older—they aren’t going to card you. Call 1-866-488-7386, or text “Trevor” to 1.202.304.1200, or chat online.
This hotline was created by Veterans Affairs specifically to provide free, confidential support to veterans and their family. Some of the crisis counselors are veterans themselves, and all of them understand the complex issues people deal with after serving. Call 1-800-273-8255, press 1, or text 838255, or chat online.