What To Do In a Crisis
-At any time, you can reach out to Crisis Text Line (CTL) to ask for advice, or your friend or loved one can reach out to get support. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, experiencing any difficulty, providing access to free support and information via text. Here’s how it works: Text START to 741-741 from anywhere in the USA. A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly
-Or call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273 TALK (8255)
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline connects you with a crisis center in the Lifeline network closest to your location. Your call will be answered by a trained crisis worker who will listen empathetically and without judgment. The crisis worker will work to ensure that you feel safe and help identify options and information about mental health services in your area. Your call is confidential and free.
What To Do In An Emergency
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger calling 911 and talking with police may be necessary. It is important to notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention or trained to assist people experiencing a psychiatric emergency.
Looking For Specialized Help?
- The Trevor Project specializes in supporting the LGBTQ community- Call 866-488-7386 or text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
Trained counselors are here to support you 24/7 if you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.
-National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
-National Sexual Assault Hotline – Call 800-656-HOPE (4673)
Connect with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area that offers access to a range of free services. Crisis chat support is available at Online Hotline. Free help, 24/7.
-The NAMI HelpLine can be reached Monday through Friday, 10 am–6 pm, ET at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) or email@example.com
HelpLine staff and volunteers are prepared to answer your questions about mental health issues including:
-Symptoms of mental health conditions
-Local support groups and services
-Helping family members get treatment
-Programs to help find jobs
-Legal issues (the NAMI Legal Resource Service can connect individuals with attorneys in their area but does not have the resources to provide individual representation)
*We are unable to provide counseling or therapy, cannot provide specific recommendations for things like treatment or do individual casework, legal representations or other individual advocacy. In the event of a crisis call, we will transfer callers in crisis or who express suicidal ideation to a national crisis line to provide further assistance.*
-American Foundation for Suicide Prevention- Know the warning signs of suicide:
-National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- How to be helpful to someone who is threatening suicide:
-SAMHSA Behavioral Health Treatment Locator: