Here are crisis lines that provide texting and chat services for people in need.
Crisis Text Line assists anyone who's reached a point of crisis, and is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Users can text it to speak with a trained crisis counselor who will "bring texters from a hot moment to a cool calm through active listening and collaborative problem solving."
The Trevor Project, a suicide prevention and crisis intervention hotline for LGBTQ youth, offers phone, text, and chat services. The Project recently expanded the hours for their texting and chat services to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Previously, users were only able to text and chat between 3 p.m. and 10 p.m.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides support for people in distress 24 hours a day, seven days a week through its hotline. In addition to phone services, they also offer a chat service called "Lifeline Chat," which connects individuals in crisis with counselors who provide support and share resources. Though there may be a wait time to speak with someone, users will always eventually be connected with a counselor.
Teen Line provides support for teens through an app available on iPhone known as Teen Talk. Between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. PT, teens can use the app to speak with another teen who can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, family issues, and more. Teens can also call, text, email, or use the organization's message board.
Teenagers experiencing depression, anxiety, relationship trouble, bullying, and more can text Need2Text at any time and speak with a trained, masters-level counselor.
The Nebraska Family Helpline at (888) 866-8660 makes it easier for families to obtain assistance by providing a single contact point 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained Helpline operators screen calls to assess immediate safety needs, identify the potential level of a behavioral health crisis, make recommendations or referrals to appropriate resources, and help callers connect to emergency resources or providers. The Helpline is supervised by licensed mental health professionals.
1-800-448-3000 Always Open! Counselors are ready for your call 24/7.
Text VOICE to 20121 - Every day, 12 Noon to 12 Midnight CST.
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The Boys Town National Hotline
The Boys Town National Hotline is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is staffed by specially trained Boys Town counselors. It is accredited by the American Association of Suicidology (AAS). Spanish-speaking counselors and translation services for more than 100 languages also are available 24 hours a day. The speech- and hearing-impaired can contact us at our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org.