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Emergency Crisis Hotlines
Current Counseling Resume
Personal Statement
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OCD Report
Resources for Counseling Students and Practitioners

Emergency Crisis Hotlines Nationwide

Suicide & Crisis Hotlines

Crisis Counselors are
waiting for your call.

Why Call ? What To Expect Crisis Call Chart Basic Survival Distraction Why Live ?
There Are Few Words Which Can Comfort
Suicidal Persons in Crisis...

USA National

Phone Numbers, Web Sites, E-Mail, & Other Crisis Lines


USA National Suicide Hotlines

Toll-Free / 24 hours / 7 days a week



National Hopeline Network



National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

TTY: 1-800-799-4TTY (4889)


GARDEN GROVE, California

From Dr. Robert H. Schuller's
Crystal Cathedral

New Hope Telephone
Counseling Center

24 hours / 7 days

  • (714) NEW-HOPE
    (714) 639-4673

Online Counseling
New Hope Online
Live crisis intervention and support from
a New Hope Counselor - free!

TeenLine Hotline Help Center

4:00pm - 10:00pm
Monday - Saturday

  • (714) NEW-TEEN
    (714) 639-8336
  • 1-888-747-TEEN

Father Flanagan's Original


Girls & Boys Town
National Hotline

24 hours / 7 days

  • National Hotline
  • TTY - National Hotline




Get Online Help



YAH ! Hotline
Youth America Hotline

24 hours / 7 days

  • 1-877-YOUTHLINE

Get Help Online


Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul


The Trevor Project

To aid in suicide prevention
In gay and questioning youth

The Trevor HelpLine

Statistics have shown that gay teens are three times more likely to attempt suicide than their heterosexual peers.

Yellow Ribbon

Suicide Prevention Program

You Can Print Them Out

Yellow Ribbon Cards

Give one to a responsible Adult in your life
When you don't know what to say to ask for help.


E-mail Crisis Support


The Samaritans

E-mail Suicide Crisis Support


Get Online Counseling

Get Help Online


Online E-mail
Pay Counselors & Therapists


Concerned Counseling

Online Therapy Programs

  • Phone
  • E-mail


Get Online Therapy


Counseling Centers & Crisis Lines
For Your College or University


What if the
Hotline Phone Number
for my local area
is no good ??

  • Call numbers in your state, even if they are outside your city or county.
  • Some of the 800, 888 or 877 numbers are toll-free in the entire state.
  • Visit the USA National page of this site for toll free National hotlines.
  • Call 411 and ask for:
  • Dial 0 and ask for:
  • Check the FRONT pages of the phone book for:
    • suicide prevention
    • crisis intervention
    • hotlines - crisis or suicide
    • community crisis center
    • county mental health center
    • hospital mental health clini
  • Or, call 911 and ask for help. Tell them you are in suicidal danger.

I Need Your Help

  • Please Report Bad Hotline Numbers
  • Thank you ! for helping me keep this list
    as updated as possible.

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Suicide Crisis Center

Many Thanks

To AAS, for providing the
original version of this list.

Report a Bad Hotline Number


Suicide Prevention In Your Area

What You Can Do

Becoming A Crisis Counselor

Statistics For Students

You Have The Power
To End Your Depression

Visit the

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Cancer Information Service: 800-422-6237

Look Good/Feel Better: 80033ABTEC a free public service program for women undergoing cancer experiencing appearance side effects

child abuse

ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-4-A-CHILD (422.4453) or 800.2.A.CHILD (222.4453, TDD for hearing impaired)
Provides multilingual crisis intervention and professional counseling on child abuse. Gives referrals to local social service groups offering counseling on child abuse. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

Department of social services for public to access information:

  • 800-345-KIDS: Provides information concerning children available for adoption and other children's programs
  • 800-342-3009: Access to general information regarding Department programs and HEAP Hotline
  • 800-732-5207: Day Care Complaint Line
  • 800-342-3720: Child Abuse Hotline

National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-25-ABUSE

Thursdays Child (Comprehensive Links and Information for Children's Resources):

crisis intervention/suicide

Boys Town Suicide and Crisis Line: 800-448-3000 or 800-448-1833 (TDD)
Provides short-term crisis intervention and counseling and referrals to local community resources. Counsels on parent-child conflicts, marital and family issues, suicide, pregnancy, runaway youth, physical and sexual abuse, and other issues. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

Covenant House Hotline: 800-999-9999
Crisis line for youth, teens, and families. Gives callers locally based referrals throughout the United States. Provides help for youth and parents regarding drugs, abuse, homelessness, runaway children, and message relays. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

domestic violence

National Domestic Violence/Child Abuse/ Sexual Abuse: 800-799-SAFE /800-799-7233/800-787-3224 TDD
800-942-6908 Spanish Speaking

24-hour-a-day hotline, Provides crisis intervention and referrals to local services and shelters for victims of partner or spousal abuse. English and Spanish speaking advocates are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Staffed by trained volunteers who are ready to connect people with emergency help in their own communities, including emergency services and shelters. The staff can also provide information and referrals for a variety of non-emergency services, including counseling for adults and children, and assistance in reporting abuse. They have an extensive database of domestic violence treatment providers in all US states and territories. Many staff members speak languages besides English, and they have 24-hour access to translators for approximately 150 languages. For the hearing impaired, there is a TDD number. This is a great resource for anyone--man, woman or child--who is experiencing or has experienced domestic violence or abuse, or who suspects that someone they know is being abused.

Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-829-1122

eating and associated disorders

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders (ANAD): 847-831-3438 (long distance)

National Mental Health Association: 800-969-6642 9AM-5PM Mon-Fri information on mental health topics and referrals, access to an info specialist

elder abuse

Elder Abuse Hotline: 800-252-8966

Alzheimer's Association Hotline: 800-621-0379 8:30AM-4:00PM, Mon-Fri information and referral services, free brochures

HIV/AIDS/sexually transmitted diseases

The CDC (Center for Disease Control) National Prevention Information Network
1-800-458-5231 9AM-6PM Mon-Fri includes info on new medicines, treatment trials, HIV & AIDS, with info specialists avail. to answer questions; also at (CDC National Aids Clearinghouse)

National AIDS Hotline: 800-342-AIDS (2437)
Information and referrals to local hotlines, testing centers, and counseling. Open 24
hours, seven days a week.

AIDS Hotline in Spanish: 800-344-SIDA (7432)
Open 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Standard Time, seven days a week.

AIDS Hotline for the Hearing Impaired: 800-243-7889 (TDD)
Open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday

National Sexually Transmitted Disease Hotline: 800-227-8922
Information and referrals to free and low-cost public clinics. Operators can answer general questions on prevention, symptoms, transmission and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. Open 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday.

Sexually Transmitted Disease & AIDS/HIV Information Hotline: 800-332-2437, TTY - 800-332-3889 (Ohio)

parents stress line

Help for Parents: none listed here at present. see crisis intervention above

poison control

Poison Control Any Kind of Substance: 800-662-9886

Poison Control: 800-362-9922


Nationwide RAINN National Rape Crisis Hotline: 800-656-4673

runaway/exploited children

Missing Children Network: 800-235-3535

The National Call
                                       Center for At-Risk Youth: (818) 710-1181

National Hotline for Missing and Exploited Children: 800-843-5678
Operates a hotline for reporting missing children and sightings of missing children. Offers assistance to law enforcement agents. Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

National Runaway Switchboard: 800-621-4000
Provides crisis intervention and travel assistance to runaways. Provides information and local referrals to adolescents and families. Gives referrals to shelters nationwide. Also relays messages to, or sets up conference calls with, parents at the request of the child. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

Child Find of America Hotline:  800-I-AM-LOST (426.5678)
Looks for missing and abducted children. Operators available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday. Voicemail on evenings and weekends with calls returned.

CONFIDENTIAL Runaway Hotline: 800-231-6946

Parent Abduction Hotline: 800-292-9688
Provides crisis mediation in parental abduction. Provides prevention information and referrals to local agencies. Operators available 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday-Friday. Voicemail on evenings and weekends with calls returned.

substance abuse/alcoholism

Boys Town National Hotline  800-448-3000

National Drug Information Treatment and Referral Hotline:  800-662-HELP (4357)
Information, support, treatment options and referrals to local rehab centers for any drug or alcohol problem. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

National Cocaine Hotline: 800-COCAINE (262-2463)
Information, crisis intervention, and referrals to local rehab centers for all types of drug dependency. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

Al-ateen: 800-352-9996

Alcohol Abuse and Crisis Intervention: 800-234-0246

Alcohol and Drug Abuse Helpline and Treatment: 800-234-0420

Alcohol Hotline Support & Information: 800-331-2900


National Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-442-HOPE (4673)
Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and counseling services. Responds to youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide, and child abuse. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

The American Counseling Association recommends 5
ways to help with coping AFTER a crisis situation.

  1. Recognize your own feelings about the situation and talk to others about your fears. Know that these feelings are a normal response to an abnormal situation.
  2. Be willing to listen to family and friends who have been affected and encourage them to seek counseling if necessary.
  3. Be patient with people; fuses are short when dealing with crises and others may be feeling as much stress as you.
  4. Recognize normal crises reactions, such as sleep disturbances and nightmares, withdrawal, reverting to childhood behaviors and trouble focusing on work or school.
  5. Take time with your children, spouse, life partner, friends and co-workers to do something you enjoy.

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