Getting help for any kind of mental health or domestic issue can feel hard. Calling a hotline can be intimidating, and often it can feel tough to justify that what you are going through is "serious enough" to reach out.
The process has gotten easier though -- now there are many hotlines that let you text or chat with someone, without ever placing a call. Not only does that remove some of the intimidation of talking on the phone, but it also means you can have a discrete conversation if you want or need to.
No matter what issue you are facing, there is a free, confidential service that can help. Most are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
*If someone is threatening suicide, you should call 911 or your local emergency line immediately.
If you are experiencing suicidal thoughts, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline takes calls 24/7 for anyone with suicidal thoughts or who are in crisis. They offer help for Spanish-speakers and anyone who is deaf or hard of hearing.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION HOTLINE -- 1-800-273-8255
Or to Chat: https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/chat/
YouthLine is available for kids and young adults, ages 11 through 21, who want to talk to someone about any concerns that are happening in their lives: Text teen2teen to 839863, or call 1-877-968-8491.
Crisis Text Line fields messages about suicidal thoughts, abuse, sexual assault, depression, anxiety, bullying, and more: Text Hello to 741741 in the US, or message Crisis Text Line on Facebook for help.
ChildHelp is available for children in abusive situations: National Child Abuse Hotline -- 1-800-422-4453
For anyone who is a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault (or know someone who is), these hotlines offer counseling and advice(services are offered in many languages):
National Domestic Violence Hotline -- 1-800-799-7233
National DEAF Domestic Hotline -- 1-855-812-1001
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) -- 1-800-656-4673 or https://www.rainn.org/
If you are experiencing any kind of emergency situation related to drug or alcohol use, you should call 911 or your local emergency line immediately! For all other services:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA) Helpline -- 1-800-662-4357
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) LOCAL Hotline -- (928) 537-7800 or http://whitemountainsaa.org/
Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) Worldwide Services -- https://www.aa.org/
Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) Statewide -- https://arizona-na.org/
Whether you are struggling with your gender identity or sexuality, or are experiencing a crisis and want to talk to someone who is part of the LGBTQIA+ community, you can lean on these hotlines:
The Trevor Project-- 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678678
The Trans Lifeline provides support specifically for transgender and questioning callers, run trans people. They provide support during a crisis and can offer guidance to anyone who is questioning their gender and needs support:
TRANS Lifeline-- 1-877-565-8860
Other LGBTQIA helplines that offer support, but not necessarily crisis intervention:
LGBT National Hotline -- 1-888-843-4564 or https://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html
LGBT National Youth Talkline (for anyone under the age of 23) -- 1-800-246-7743 or https://www.glbthotline.org/national-hotline.html