Crisis Hotlines and Chat

If you’re in crisis, don’t wait to reach out to a crisis line. There are a variety of hotlines you can contact right now, including:

  • The Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255. They have an option for individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing. You can also utilize their website to find psychologists in your local area.
  • The Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741741.
  • The NAMI Helpline: 1-800-950-6264. This line is staffed by volunteers who have mental health conditions, and who provide information and resource referrals.
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357. They don’t provide counseling but will transfer you to appropriate intake centers in your state.
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline: text TalkWithUs to 66745.
  • The LGBT National Help Center Hotline: 1-888-843-4564. Volunteers identify as being on the LGBTQ spectrum and are trained specifically to support members of the LGTQIA community.
  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: Call 1-800-799-7233. If you’re unable to safely call, you can log onto thehotline.org or text LOVEIS to 1-866-331-9474.

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Suggested Reading

  • Lost Connections: Uncovering the Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions by Johann Hari
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry by Seth J. Gillihan PhD
  • Dare: The New Way to End Anxiety and Stop Panic Attacks by Barry McDonagh
  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama
  • 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-help That Actually Works by Dan Harris
  • Black Pain: It Just Looks Like Were Not Hurting by Terrie M. Williams
  • A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy
  • The Stressed Years of Their Lives: Helping Your Kid Survive and Thrive During Their College Years by Dr. B. Janet Hibbs and Anthony L. Rostain
  • Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How To Gain Control of Your OCD by Christine Purdon and David A. Clark
  • Shook One: Anxiety Playing Tricks on Me by Charlamagne Tha God
  • The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health: Navigate an Unequal System, Learn Tools for Emotional Wellness, and Get the Help You Deserve by Rheeda Walker PhD