Hotlines and Crisis Resources

“As an undergraduate student in psychology, I was taught that multiple personalities were a very rare and bizarre disorder. That is all that I was taught on ... It soon became apparent that what I had been taught was simply not true. Not only was I meeting people with multiplicity; these individuals entering my life were normal human beings with much to offer. They were simply people who had endured more than their share of pain in this life and were struggling to make sense of it.”

― Deborah Bray Haddock, The Dissociative Identity Disorder Sourcebook

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Disclaimer: The inclusion of any hotline here does not indicate the author's endorsement of the hotline. The author cannot guarantee positive, safe, or healthy experiences with the hotlines listed.

 

Mental Health Hotlines

  • US: 1-630-482-9696 (Suicide Prevention Services of America and Suicide Prevention Lifeline; also has hotlines specifically for suicide prevention at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK) and 1-800-784-2433 (1-800-SUICIDE) as well as a hotline for Spanish speakers at 1-888-628-9454 and for individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing at 1-800-799-4889; also allows chat; accepts youth, LGBT individuals, Native Americans, veterans, and survivors of suicide attempts)
  • US: Suicide Hotlines by State
  • US and Canada: Text 741741 (US) / 686868 (Canda) (Crisis Text Line; also accepts messages through Facebook messenger at facebook.com/crisistextline; connects individuals to trained volunteers; LGBT friendly)
  • UK and ROI: 116-123 (Samaritans; free to call; also accepts emails to jo@samaritans.org (UK) or jo@samaritans.ie (ROI); has a Welsh language line at 0808-164-0123 that's open evenings into the early morning; accepts youth)
  • UK: 01708-765200 (SupportLine; also accepts emails to info@supportline.org.uk; for youth and adults, including survivors of abuse and individuals from marginalized communities)
  • UK: 0300-304-7000 (SANEline; open from 4.30pm to 10.30pm; for anyone 16+ who is in crisis and affected by mental illness, including loved ones and caregivers; has a text service for requests for information or other non-crisis needs)
  • International: Suicide Hotlines by Country
  • International: Befrienders Worldwide Hotlines

Child Abuse and Youth Mental Health Hotlines

General

  • US or Canada: 1-800-422-4453 (1-800-4-A-CHILD; Childhelp; provides assistance in 170 languages; offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals; cannot make reports of abuse, but will walk you through the report)
  • US and Canada: 1-800-448-3000 (Your Life Your Voice / Boys Town; also accepts text messages at 20121 and has a hotline specifically for individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing at 1-800-448-1833; translation services in over 100 languages; has a contact form and allows chat and email; for pre-teens, teens, and young adults who need help as well as for their parents; provides support or help for a multitude of problems)
  • UK: 0808-800-5000 (NSPCC Childline; also allows contact through email or through SignVideo for individuals who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing; associated with additional dedicated hotlines)
  • UK: 0800-1111 (Childline for those under 19; also allows email, 1 on 1 chat, and SingVideo; provides support or help for a multitude of problems)
  • Australia: CAPS lists numbers for specific reporting lines for different states
  • Other international helplines: Child Helpline International lists local helplines in 139 different countries

Sexual Abuse

  • US: 1-888-773-8368 (1-888-PREVENT; Stop It Now; also allows email contact and online chat and has an online help center; also helps those at risk of hurting children; however, only corresponds with adults over 18)
  • US: 800-656-4673 (800-656-HOPE; RAINN; also has a 1 on 1 chat; for all survivors of sexual violence)
  • UK and Ireland: 0808 1000 900 (Stop It Now; also allows email contact; also helps those at risk of hurting children and adult survivors of abuse; however, only corresponds with adults over 18)

Online Sexual Abuse and Child Sexual Abuse Material (Child Pornography)

  • US: 1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST; Cybertipline; accepts reports of "online enticement of children for sexual acts, extra-familial child sexual molestation, child pornography, child sex tourism, child sex trafficking, [and] unsolicited obscene materials sent to a child")
  • International: Virtual Global Task Force (allows reports of adults propositioning minors for indecent images, approaching minors for sexual activity online or asking to meet in person, grooming, and adult indecent exposure to minors online)
  • International: http://www.inhope.org/gns/report-here.aspx (International Association of Internet Hotlines; allows reports of child sexual abuse material and child grooming)

Other Ways to Report Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation

  • US: 1-888-373-7888 (National Human Trafficking Hotline; accepts tips in over 200 languages through interpreters; also allows tips to be submitted through an online form; also helps victims and survivors find social and legal services)
  • US: 866-347-2423 (Homeland Security Investigations; also allows online form submission; accepts reports of child sexual exploitation and human trafficking)

Other

Sexual Violence and Abuse Survivor Hotlines

Sexual Violence: General

  • US: 800-656-4673 (800-656-HOPE; RAINN; also has a 1 on 1 chat; for all survivors of sexual violence)
  • US: List of Hotlines and Crisis Centers by State
  • UK: 0808-801-0818 (Survivors Trust; available Monday through Thursday from 10am to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm and on Friday from 10am to 4pm; for all survivors of sexual violence; has a list of national hotlines here)
  • UK: Safeline (male survivor hotline at 0808-800-5005 and young people's hotline at 0808-800-5007 (no longer has a female survivor hotline due to being overwhelmed by calls); text services at 07860-027573; also accepts emails to support@safeline.org.uk; services available to all survivors regardless of sexuality, gender, or race as well as to family members and friends of survivors)
  • International: Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, and Abuse Hotlines by Country

Sexual Violence: Women and Girls Only

  • UK: 0808-802-9999 (Rape Crisis England & Wales; available from 12pm to 2.30pm and from 7pm to 9.30pm; for female survivors of sexual violence; has a page for finding local rape crisis centers and hotlines, including those that also accept men and boys)

Sexual Violence: Men Only

  • US: 1in6 (online chat with a trained advocate for adult males who experienced sexual violence and their supporters)
  • UK: SMS chat at 020-3322-1860 or Whatsapp chat at 074-9181-6064 (SurvivorsUK; also accepts emails to info@survivorsuk.org; has a chat service available Monday through Friday from 10:30am to 9pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 6pm; for men who experienced sexual abuse or assault as a child or adult or for close friends and family of male survivors; GBT friendly)

Adult Abuse Survivors

  • UK: 0808-801-0331 (NAPAC; available Monday through Thursday from 10am to 9pm and on Friday from 10am to 6pm; provides a supportive listening environment and information about the aftermath of abuse for survivor calls of up to 30 minutes; also responds to emails through a contact form; for adult survivors of child abuse and for their loved ones)

Domestic Violence Hotlines

General

  • US: 1-800-799-7233 (1-800-799-SAFE; National Domestic Violence Hotline; provides assistance in over 200 languages; also allows chat; for friends and family, victims, survivors, and those who are concerned that they may be abusive; also supports d/Deaf, deaf-blind, and hard of hearing communities through TTY, video phone, instant messaging, or email)
  • US: 1-866-331-9474 (Love is Respect; has a TTY for d/Deaf or hard of hearing individuals at 1-866-331-8453; has an online peer advocate chat; text loveis to 22522 for text based support; aimed primarily at young people in dating violence situations and their supporters; supports LGBT individuals and undocumented immigrants)
  • International: Domestic Violence Resources by Country

Women and Children Only

  • UK: 0808-2000-247 (Refuge and Women's Aid; for women and children experiencing domestic violence and their loved ones; can provide translators, including for those who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing; also accepts emails to helpline@womensaid.org.uk)

Men Only

  • UK: 0808-801-0327 (Men's Advice Line; available 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday; also accepts emails to info@mensadviceline.org.uk; has a chat service available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm; for men experiencing abuse from a partner, ex-partner, or family; available for straight, gay, and bi men as well as frontline workers; has additional resources for male victims here)

Individuals Concerned About Hurting Their Partner

  • UK: 0808-802-4040 (Respect; available 9am-5pm Monday to Friday; also accepts emails to info@respectphoneline.org.uk; has a chat service available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 4pm; for individuals of all genders and sexualities who are concerned that they may be violent or abusive)

Other Resource Hotlines

  • US: 1-800-950-6264 (1-800-950-NAMI; NAMI; available Monday through Friday from 10am to 6pm; also accepts emails to info@nami.org; for questions about mental health issues and resources; can help an individual to locate local crisis services)
  • US: Healthy Place provides a list of hotlines pertaining to mental health, addiction, and trauma
  • UK: 0300-123-3393 (MIND; available Monday through Friday from 9am to 6pm; accepts texts at 86463, emails at info@mind.org.uk, or messages through an online chat service; provides information on mental health problems, resources, and advocacy)
  • UK and ROI: Hotlines and Other Resources by Theme and Country