Going through a traumatic experience is different for everyone. Asking for help is mandatory during these times in order to prevent something fatal from occurring. When in need of assistance, sometimes it is easier to ask of it from strangers than those in your immediate life. These hotlines and text numbers are available to message whenever you are in need of someone to talk you down from an irrational decision, to report on an issue, or simply just someone to have a conversation with.
National Suicide Hotline: call 1-800-784-2433. This hotline is open 24/7 and can be used for those in distress.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: call 1-800-273-8255. Open 24 hours a day. It acts as a confidential support system for those suffering. Prevention and crisis resources are offered here for you or your loved ones.
CA Youth Crisis Hotline: call 1-800-843-5200. Use this number as a hotline for California youth (ages 12-24). Trained professionals and volunteer counselors respond to these calls in cases of crisis intervention.
Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741. If texted for any crisis whatsoever, a crisis counselor will receive your text and respond within five minutes via a secure online platform. It is operated 24/7 and is entirely confidential.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: call 1-800-799-7233. The advocates of this organization are available 24/7 to talk confidentially with those experiencing domestic violence, those pursuing information or resources about the topic, or those that are questioning features of their relationship.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: call 1-800-656-4673. This hotline will connect you with a trained sexual assault service provider in your area. This resource can be used when in need of confidential support, where your information is never recorded or stored into a system.
LGBTQ+ support: call 866-4-U-TREVOR; text START to 678678. The Trevor Project is available 24/7 and is a suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (LBGTQ) youth. Calling or texting this resource will connect you directly to a Trevor counselor.
Eating Disorders Awareness and Prevention: call 1-800-931-2237; text NEDA to 741741. This helpline is available Monday through Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The National Eating Disorders Association helpline volunteers can be contacted when in need of support, resources, or treatment options for you or a loved one.
National Abortion Hotline: call 1-800-772-9100. Call this number for unbiased information about abortion, financial assistance, and other services regarding the topic. This hotline is available weekdays from 4 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Drug Abuse National Helpline: call 1-800-662-4357. This is a confidential and free information service that is available in English or Spanish, 24/7 for you or family members facing mental/substance use disorders. The helpline provides referrals to local facilities, support groups, and organizations in your communities.
Cyber Bullying Hotline: call 1-800-829-0067. Reports to this number are anonymously taken online, then notify school leaders to receive and respond to alerts directly.
The loss of a loved one: call 1-800-395-5755. When in the midst of one of life’s most difficult experiences– losing a loved one– it is important to talk to someone to assure that you aren’t going through the grieving process alone. This number is available in order to find out about more support groups in your area that may be able to aid you in these difficult times.
Through your hard times, it is crucial to remember that no problem is too big to tackle. It is never too late to talk to someone, and vital to keep in mind that your life is important.