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Finding Help
All hotlines are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise noted.

Lifenet is a free, confidential, 24/7 help line for New York City residents. Trained mental health professionals help callers find mental health and substance abuse services, and can link callers with mobile crisis teams or EMS. They can also provide hotline information to non-NYC residents.
Call 1-800-LIFENET (1-800-543-3638)
Lifenet Espanõl: 1-877-AYUDESE (1-877-298-3373)
Lifenet Korean and Chinese: 1-877-990-8585
Lifenet TTY for hearing impaired: 1-212-982-5284

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
connects callers with skilled, trained counselors at crisis centers in your area.
Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13 - 24. Trained volunteer counselors answer phone calls 24/7, and are available via text or online chat in the afternoons and evenings.
Call 1-866-488-7386
TrevorChat at is available 7 days a week from 3 - 9 p.m. ET/
12 - 6 p.m. PT.
TrevorText is available on Fridays from 4 - 8 p.m. ET / 1-5 p.m. PT.
Text the word "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200.

RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network is the nation's largest anti-sexual assault organization. They can connect you with the nearest rape crisis center.
Call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) Live chat at

National Domestic Violence Hotline provides confidential, one-on-one support to each caller and chatter, offering crisis intervention, options for next steps and direct connection to sources for immediate safety.
Call 1−800−799−SAFE (7233)
TTY for hearing impaired 1−800−787−3224
Live chat at, Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 7p.m. CST.

Love is Respect is a resource to engage, educate and empower youth and young adults to prevent and end abusive relationships. They can answer questions or offer a friendly ear 24/7 via phone, text, or online chat.
Call 1-866-331-9474
Text "loveis" to 22522
Live chat at

To report suspected child abuse in New York City, call the State Central Register at 1-800-342-3720 or go to 311 Online. If a child is in immediate danger, call 911. For more information from NYC's Administration of Children's Services about mandated reporters, recognizing signs of abuse, and what happens when you make a report, go to

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. Professional crisis counselors can provide assistance in 170 languages, offer crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.
Call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

NYC Teen is New York City's website for teens to learn about peer pressure, bullying, dating violence, depression, anger and sexual health. The site offers videos, fact sheets, quizzes, and information about resources in the city.

Teen Line, a California hotline, also provides online message boards and online chats where trained teen volunteers can listen and answer your questions about mental health issues.

Reach Out is an information and support service that uses evidence based principles and technology to help teens and young adults who are facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help them recognize their own strengths in order to overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary.

NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI has discussion boards and inspirational stories by people with mental illness.
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