National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone Number (English): 1-800-273-8255
Phone Number (Spanish): 1-888-628-9454
Phone Number (Hearing Impared): 1-800-799-4889
This is probably the most well-known crisis hotline out there. Boasting a huge network of over 150 crisis centers, this service provides free and confidential support for people struggling with suicidal thoughts or emotional distress. If you’re not comfortable with calling someone, there is also a live online chat found on the website itself.
In addition to providing these crisis hotlines, there are many informational resources on the website for you to look over. Unsurprisingly, most of these are about suicide, such as possible warning signs and how to help someone else, but there are also links to more support tools and websites.
The Trevor Project
Phone Number: 1-866-488-7386
Text Messaging: Text START to 678678
In the short film Trevor, a young teen is rejected and ostracized by his peers when he comes out as gay. The struggles he faced eventually lead him to attempt suicide. The film’s creators realized that there are a large number of real life “Trevors” out there without a support network to help them, and so they used money from the film to establish that network.
Today, the Trevor Project provides free and confidential support for LGBTQ people who are considering suicide. Their website goes into more detail, offering tips, guides, and support for people dealing with the challenges that come with different sexual orientations, including how to handle coming out and dealing with relationships. There is also an online version of the suicide hotline available on the website, though it has a disclaimer stating that the chat function doesn’t work all that well with smartphones and tablets.
Crisis Text Line
United States: Text HOME to 741741
United Kingdom: Text HOME to 85258
Canada: Text HOME to 686868
This crisis hotline allows you to use text messaging to get the assistance you need. While the service is primarily advertised as a suicide hotline, it also offers free support for other forms of emotional crisis.
There are also plans in the works to expand this service to Ireland and South Africa in the future.
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