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.
Mental Health and Suicide Hotlines
*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/
Crisis Hotlines for Kids and Teens
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
Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotlines
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/
Drug or Alcohol Abuse
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/
Hotlines for the LGBTQIA+ Community
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