I believe that it is important for all mental health platforms to have a place where help is available. I would love if these numbers were shared with friends and family, because they are SO important. Crisis helplines can help in times of distress and anxiety, as well as depressive and suicidal moments.
United States Crisis Helplines for Mental Health:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This hotline available 24 hours a day, and should be used if you are having suicidal thoughts. It can provide free emotional support and crisis intervention.
Crisis Text line: Text “home” to 741741
This text line is a bit more discrete, and there are counselors available on the other end to talk you through emotional distress and make sure that you stay safe.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
This helpline can assist if you decide that you are prepared to take the next steps in your recovery. They have a locator for information on treatment providers, therapists, and even support groups.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
This helpline is only available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST Monday-Friday. They will answer general questions on finding help for mental health issues and talk you through treatment options for you or a loved one.
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: 1-800-622-2255
The Hope Line allows you to be directed to programs in your area in order to offer assistance with substance abuse issues.
National Eating Disorder Helpline: 1-800-931-2237 or text NEDA to 741741
Hours are: Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST. The NEDA helpline will provide support and resources in an emergency, as well as talk you through treatment options for the future. If they are not open, you are able to leave a message and they will call you back as soon as possible.
Suicide Prevention for LGBTQ+ Teens: Call- 1-866-488-7386 Text- START to 678678- Chat here
Trained counselors are available 24/7 on what is called the Trevor Lifeline. This service is directly marketed to LGBTQ+ youth. If you feel suicidal, or simply need a listening ear, please call the help line. There are also support groups on their website.
IMAlive– Online Crisis Chat
If you do not feel comfortable talking over the phone with a helpline, please follow this link and enter a free chatting session to get assistance with mental health and suicidal thoughts.
Canada Crisis Helplines for Mental Health:
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
This is 24 hour support for youth between the ages of 5 and 20 in Canada. You will have access to counselors, counseling options, and resources in order to help with your crisis.
Hope for Wellness Helpline: 1-855-242-3310
A 24 hour a day help line for crisis intervention and professional counseling for First Nations and Inuit. If you are in need of long term care after your call, please visit a First Nations and Inuit Health regional office.
Centre for Suicide Prevention: 1-833-456-4566
This is a 24 hour number in order to help with a mental health crisis or possible suicide. If you or someone you love is having thoughts of suicide, please contact this number.
National Eating Disorder Information Centre: 1-866-633-4220 Toronto: 416-340-4156
Hours: Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. EST. Calling this number will connect you with trained support workers who can offer resources, referral, and comfort in a crisis.
Canada Drug Rehab Addiction Services Directory: 1-877-746-1963
Canada’s addiction help line that can provide you with the resources that you need in order to overcome addiction. They over in person meetings, online meetings, and meetings over the phone in order to maintain a sense of trust.
India Crisis Helplines for Mental Health:
Vandrevala Foundation: 1860-266-2345
The Vandrevala Foundation provides a 24 hour hotline for mental health crisis situations.
Jeevan Aastha Helpline: 1800 233 3330
If you call the Jeevan Aastha Helpline you will be connected with 24 hour counseling support by trained professionals.
This is India’s 24/7 suicide hotline. If you or a loved one is suffering from suicidal thoughts, please contact the AASRA immediately.
United Kingdom Crisis Helplines for Mental Health:
Anxiety UK: 03444 775 774 or www.anxietyuk.org.uk
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Anxiety UK offers support for people who have been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. You may call to speak to someone, or go to their website in order to find resources and assistance.
Bipolar UK: www.bipolaruk.org.uk
Bipolar UK is a website dedicated to helping those who have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder or manic depression.
Men’s Health Forum: www.menshealthforum.org.uk
The Men’s Health Forum provides chat, text, and email support for men who are experiencing emotional stress. This service is available 24/7.
No Panic: 0844 967 4848 or www.nopanic.org.uk
OCD UK: 0845 120 3778 or www.ocduk.org
OCD UK is able to be reached at their helpline Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Otherwise, you can go to their website in order to seek help and find resources for OCD.
PAPYRUS: HOPElineUK 0800 068 4141
Hours: Monday to Friday,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Weekends are 2 to 5 p.m. PAPYRUS is a suicide prevention helpline geared towards youth.
Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555
This is a 24 hour helpline for those who are struggling with alcohol addiction. You can also visit their website at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Beat: 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under 18)
Beat is the UK’s eating disorder hotline for adults and adolescents. They have more information available at their website: www.b-eat.co.uk
*For a total list of all of the crisis helplines in the UK, please visit