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When to use the helplines and what to expect:
Use the helplines as soon as you feel you or a friend are in crisis. Trauma, depression, substance abuse, difficulties with family and relationships, and high stress are all valid reasons to reach out. You should never feel your problem is too small or insignificant.
You will never be judged for the problems you are dealing with. The crisis counselor’s goal is to help you make healthy decisions and feel safe. You will be asked some questions about your feelings, social situation, safety, and any thoughts of suicide that you or the person you are calling about might be having. Answering truthfully will help the crisis counselor connect you to the resources you need.
CRISIS TEXT LINE
Text “Brave” to 741-741
- Free 24/7 support for anyone in crisis
- Text from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis. A real-life human being will receive the text and respond, all from a secure online platform. This trained, volunteer, crisis counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
- Free 24/7 support for anyone in suicidal crisis
- Call from anywhere in the United States. You will be routed to the closest crisis center in your area. Call for yourself or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.
- Never ignore or underestimate remarks about suicide. If you think your friend is in immediate danger, do not leave them alone— stay there and call 911 or the lifeline.
DISASTER DISTRESS HELPLINE
Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
- Free 24/7 crisis counseling and support for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters
- Call for yourself or on behalf of someone else from anywhere in the United States to be connected to a trained counselor. Support is available in Spanish and more than 100 other languages. The service is free and confidential and provided by SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration).
- The helpline is for anyone experiencing emotional distress related to disasters such as hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, incidents of mass violence, infectious disease outbreaks, incidents of community unrest, and other traumatic events.
Teen Online Support
Resource for mental health
What is Ditch the Label?
We are one of the largest anti-bullying charities in the world. You can talk to us about bullying and anything else that you have on your mind for advice and support. We don't just talk about bullying, we also talk about things that are connected such as body image, mental health and sexuality.
How do I get help?
Go to the Get Help page and it will automatically search through thousands of advice guides and tips to try and connect you with the answers. Otherwise, join our free Community and get advice and support from our team of trained Digital Mentors and real people with similar experiences.
We provide support
Each week, thousands of people benefit from our resources and digital one-to-one support. Our team of digital mentors are trained to help young people also navigate through issues related to bullying, such as improving mental health, body image, coming out and building confidence and self-esteem.
Gender Spectrum provides an array of services to help youth, families, organizations and institutions understand and address concepts of Gender identity and Gender expression, including how societal, cultural, organizational and community definitions of gender can be detrimental to any young person that does not fit neatly into these categories.
loveisrespect’s purpose is to engage, educate and empower young people to prevent and end abusive relationships.
Highly-trained peer advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. Peer advocates can connect you to resources in your area, provide you with helpful websites, help you create a plan to stay safe or just listen to your concerns.
All conversations with peer advocates via phone, chat or text are free and confidential. You will never be asked for your name or other contact information, but an advocate may ask for your age and city to find local resources for you. We also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.
Chat at www.loveisrespect.org
Text LOVEIS to 22522*
Online, loveisrespect strives to be a safe, inclusive space for young people to access information and get help in an environment that is designed specifically for them. Our website provides comprehensive education on healthy, unhealthy and abusive dating relationships and behaviors.
What is Safe Place?
Safe Place is a national youth outreach and prevention program for young people under the age of 18 (up to 21 years of age in some communities) in need of immediate help and safety. As a collaborative community prevention initiative, Safe Place designates businesses and organizations as Safe Place locations, making help readily available to youth in communities across the country. Safe Place locations include: libraries, YMCAs, fire stations, public buses, various businesses, and social service facilities.
Teencentral is powered by KidsPeace as a free and safe prevention and intervention resource for youth. Designed by founders Dr. Julius Licata and Ginger Papp as an innovative use of the internet, TeenCentral was unveiled in Washington DC in 1998. For nearly twenty years KidsPeace has provided TeenCentral to teens seeking answers and support to meet the challenges they face.
TeenCentral supports youth in a capacity that is unique from the traditional array of behavioral health services. In fact, TeenCentral often bridges the gap between services, offering youth an immediate resource for safe information and support. Through TeenCentral, adolescents can find information on a variety of topics. Users of the site can also submit a story/post regarding any crisis, problem or situation they are struggling with anonymously and receive a therapeutic support response. Adolescents receive this support from one of TeenCentral’s trained online counselors within 24-hours, safely, anonymously, and free of charge.
TeenCentral online counselors are a group of trained interns and volunteers, overseen by two site administrators (master’s level mental health professionals), and the Director, a Licensed Professional Counselor. TeenCentral users can also provide peer support to stories that have been previously posted using the same ‘Share Your Story’ feature.
Teen Talk is a free iPhone app where teens can get support for whatever they may be dealing with from a trained teen. It is a safe, non-judgmental space where you can anonymously post your issue at any time and get support from a trained teen from 6:00 to 10:00PM Pacific time.
On Teen Talk, teens can talk about anything from anxiety, depression, relationships, family issues, school… whatever may be causing you stress or worry. Don’t bottle it up – reach out and talk to a Teen Talk peer!
Download Teen Talk to vent, share, and get support from a trained teen!
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. TrevorLifeline is crisis intervention and suicide prevention phone service available 24/7 at 1-866-488-7386. TrevorText is available on Fridays (4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. ET / 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. PT). Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200.