Mental health and addiction hotlines play a significant role in helping people in crisis connect to the services they need.
Whether you are withdrawing from a substance and are in need of detox services or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, you can find help through one of these hotlines.
You can find hotlines for the following categories:
- suicide prevention hotlines
- mental health crisis hotlines
- substance abuse hotlines
- domestic abuse hotlines
- teen hotlines
- LGBTQ+ hotlines
Suicide Prevention Hotlines
Both mental illness and substance use disorders can contribute to suicidal thoughts and suicidal ideation. There are several helplines that you can reach out to if you are feeling hopeless.
988 Suicide And Crisis Lifeline
This hotline is made up of a network of local crisis helplines and help centers. By calling 988 you can receive emotional support and get connected to local resources for help.
988 functions as a call line as well as a text line. If it’s easier, the website can also connect you to a chat line.
This hotline has LGBTQ-specific services as well as services for the general population.
Crisis Text Line
This crisis hotline is a text line, but there is also a chat line that can be accessed through the website.
To use this hotline text HOME to 741741. It will connect you to a live person who can communicate through text and help you get out of a crisis moment.
Mental Health Crisis Hotlines
A mental health crisis may not necessarily include suicidal thoughts. These helplines are for anyone who is experiencing any kind of mental health-related crisis.
National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline
The NAMI helpline is for anyone who needs mental health support, practical guidance, or a resource for treatment.
Call (800) 950-NAMI (6264), or you can text 62640.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline
SAMHSA offers mental health support through its helpline, which you can reach by calling (800) 662-HELP (4357).
Self Abuse Finally Ends (S.A.F.E.) Alternatives
S.A.F.E. offers a support line for people who self-injure through burning, cutting, or picking.
If you are experiencing non-suicidal self-injury, you can call (800) DONT-CUT (366-8288).
Substance Abuse And Addiction Hotlines
There are also hotlines for people who have come to realize that they need help facing a substance use disorder through inpatient care or an outpatient treatment program.
The lines listed below can direct you to treatment and other resources.
SAMHSA’s National Helpline
SAMHSA also offers a helpline for those who need to find treatment for a substance use disorder.
You can find treatment to fit your individual needs in categories such as LGBTQ services, medication-assisted treatment (MAT), and rehab centers that accept government funding.
If you need help finding treatment in your area, call (800) 662-HELP (4357).
Partnership To End Addiction
The Partnership to End Addiction provides a resource to people who need treatment and people who need help intervening in the life of someone who is abusing drugs or alcohol.
You can call this organization at (855) 378-4373 or you can text CONNECT to 55753.
Smokefree.gov offers plans, strategies, apps, texting support, and a helpline for people who want to quit smoking. Call (800) 784-8669.
This organization also offers online chat.
National Problem Gambling Health Network
If you have a non-substance-related addiction or a co-occurring disorder such as gambling, you can find crisis help by calling (800) 522-4700.
National Eating Disorders Association Helpline (NEDA)
Eating disorders are a relatively common co-occurring disorder that often accompanies substance abuse.
You can find help and guidance by calling or texting (800) 931-2237. NEDA also offers online chat.
Domestic Abuse And Violence Hotlines
Domestic abuse can sometimes be present in situations where mental illness or substance abuse issues are unresolved.
If you are experiencing abuse or domestic violence, you can get help right away.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline exists for people who are experiencing domestic violence and need help finding safety or local resources.
If you need help you can call (800) 799-SAFE (7233).
This national hotline is a resource for children, teens, and parents, but it also functions as a reporting hotline.
If you need to report child abuse, or if you need other related resources, you can call (800) 422-4453.
Darkness To Light
This organization provides a helpline for people who believe sexual abuse is happening to a child they know. The number for this helpline is (866) 367-5444.
The Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
RAINN provides a hotline that connects people to a local sexual assault service provider. The number is (800) 656-HOPE (4673).
National Center For Missing And Exploited Children (NCMEC)
There are some hotlines that are dedicated to teens who are experiencing a mental health crisis or other serious situation.
If you are a teen experiencing a crisis related to your mental health or bullying, you can find help at this national hotline. Call (800) 852-8336, or text TEEN to 839863.
Boys Town is a crisis hotline for teen boys and their parents. Contact information for this hotline includes the phone number (800) 852-8336. You can also text TEEN to 839863.
Thursday’s Child is a national helpline that provides advice, direction, and advocacy to youth who are in danger. The number is (800) USA-KIDS.
National Runaway Safeline
This hotline is for teens who are experiencing homelessness or another crisis as well as teens who have run away from their homes.
You can call, email, chat, or text. The number is (800) RUNAWAY (786-2929).
Members of the LGBTQ+ community can find help through hotlines that offer guidance and resources.
LGBT National Hotline
This hotline is staffed by LGBTQIA volunteers and offers resources plus free and confidential peer support to adults, seniors, and teens.
The contact numbers are:
- (888) 843-4564 for adults
- (800) 246-7743 for youth
- (888) 234-7243 for seniors
The Trevor Lifeline
Sponsored by the Trevor Project, the Trevor Lifeline is open to LGBTQ youth who need someone to talk to without feeling judged.
This hotline is (866) 488-7386, or you can text START to 678-678.
This hotline is for transgender individuals who need support. This hotline is staffed by trans people. The number is (877) 565-8860.
The veteran population is one of the most vulnerable to mental health or substance abuse crises because of the traumatic situations they have seen and experienced.
The Veteran Crisis Line
The Veteran Crisis Line offers support for veterans whether or not they have enrolled for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.
The suicide hotline is 988; then press 1. You can also chat online or text at 838255.
Find Mental Health Or Addiction Treatment Today
By calling one of these helplines you can find local resources and treatment for mental health or substance abuse issues. Contact FreeRehabCenters.net to learn more about your support options.
Published on May 18, 2023
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- 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline
- Boys Town
- Crisis Text Line
- LGBT National Help Center
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- National Runaway Safeline
- Partnership to End Addiction
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- Trans Lifeline