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Help lines and links

Current January 7, 2024. 

For informational purposes only.  Nothing included is an endorsement of the source.

In an emergency call 911


National 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline ( 988 is a 3-digit code to call or text. Currently call services are in English and en Español, and use Language Line Solutions to provide translation services in over 250 additional languages. Text and chat, are in English and en Español only.  TTY: Use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988. 


Crisis Text Line ( Text HOME to 741741. Texto en Español AYUDA al 741741.  Online chat, in English only.  WhatsApp in English and en Español.

National Child Abuse Hotline (  Call or text 1-800-422-4453, in multiple languages. Online chat in multiple languages.

National Sexual Assault Hotline ( Call 1-800-656-4673 and online chat, in English and en Español. Housed in RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)

National Domestic Violence Hotline ( Call 1-800-799-7233. TTY: 1-800-787-3224. Text: START to 88788.  Online chat.

National Human Trafficking Hotline ( Call 1-888-373-7888. TTY: 711. Text 233733. Online chat.  All services in English and en Español.

National Runaway and Homeless Youth Hotline  ( Call 1-800-786-2929. Online chat.  Email through website.   

National Mental Health and Substance Abuse Hotline (  Call 1-800-662-4357 or TTY: 1-800-487-4889, in English and en Español.  


Gang Involvement: If you are in of need support, or trying to leave, we haven’t been able to find a USA national hotline. There are often local/regional areas that have programs you can reach out to. And, while not specific to gangs, there is the Crisis Text Line, and as needed any of the others on or/and indicated by this document. 

There is no way to include all national/regional/local hotlines/weblinks/so on.  That said, for yourself or/and others, if needed and as you safely can, reach out to these or/and other crisis/information/other available sources, for whatever you may need.  Support, food, shelter, utilities, legal help, healthcare, resources, advocacy, so on, are often available. If what you need is not available in your area, if you can, reach out to someone.  Also, the listed websites/numbers, and usually others like them, are for if you are worried about someone else. 

Note: Some things to consider when using hotlines or mental health/wellness apps/online services.

• How do they protect my privacy?  Are there steps I can take to protect my privacy?

• Are they ethical in their practices?

• What is the benefit/cost/risk of using them?

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