Depression and Suicide:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1.800.273.TALK (8255). The Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Employs nonconsensual active rescue.
- Your Life, Your Voice – 1.800.448.3000. The Boys Town National Hotline is a toll free number available to kids, teens, and young adults at anytime. Please contact us if you are depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or faced with an overwhelming challenge. Call, text, chat, or email via the website.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness – The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides advocacy, education, support and public awareness so that all individuals and families affected by mental illness can build better lives. Texting and phone chat available 24/7
- NEDA (National Eating Disorder Association) – Call or text 800-931-2237. Contact the NEDA Helpline for support, resources, and treatment options for yourself or a loved one who is struggling with an eating disorder. Helpline volunteers are trained to help you find the support and information you need.
- Crisis Text Line – Text 741741. Crisis Text Line serves anyone, in any type of crisis, providing access to free, 24/7 support via a medium people already use and trust: text.
- National Safe Place’s TXT 4 HELP works anywhere in the US, and extends access to safety for teens. TXT 4 HELP can be used for the same reason a young person may go to a Safe Place site: abuse, bullying, family problems, depression, suicidal thoughts, and others. TXT 4 HELP counselors can provide support via text, and can offer suggestions for immediate help regardless of where you are.
- Here’s how it works: Text the word “safe” and your current location (address, city, state) to 4HELP (44357). Within seconds, you will receive a message with the closest Safe Place site and phone number for the local youth agency. For immediate help, reply with “2chat” to text interactively with a trained counselor. It’s quick, easy, safe, and confidential. TXT 4 HELP is a free service offered to all youth in crisis.
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline
Call: 800.656.HOPE (4673)
When you call, you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers can enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider. Calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline gives you access to many free services including:
- Confidential support from a trained staff member
- Support finding a local health facility that is trained to care for survivors of sexual assault and offers services like sexual assault forensic exams
- Someone to help you talk through what happened
- Local resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery
- Referrals for long term support in your area
- Information about the laws in your community
- Basic information about medical concerns
- Trans Lifeline Hotline – 877.565.8860 is a peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning peers. Call if you need someone trans to talk to, even if you’re not in crisis or if you’re not sure you’re trans.
- When you call, you’ll speak to a trans/nonbinary peer operator
- Full anonymity and confidentiality
- No nonconsensual active rescue (calling 911, emergency services, or law enforcement)
- The Trevor Project – Trained counselors who understand the challenges LGBTQ young people face. They will listen without judgment. All conversations are confidential, and callers can share as much or as little as they’d like. Employs non-consensual active rescue.
- SGR — The Sex, Gender, and Relationships Hotline – SGR are a group of volunteers with comprehensive sex education providing accurate, non-judgmental, confidential information about sexuality, gender, and relationships. SGR welcome calls from people of all ages with all types of questions around sex, sexual health, gender expression, identity, and the ways sex and sexuality can impact relationships. SGR strives to provide fact-based information to assist each person in making choices and decisions that feel right for them. Subjects SGR can address include: STIs, HIV, pregnancy and birth control, gender identity and expression, sexual variations, open relationships and different relationship styles, BDSM, sex work, anatomy and how your body works, and everything in-between.
- Greater Boston PFLAG –866-312-5007. This is a safe and confidential helpline with trained volunteers ready to listen, offer support, and provide resources. When you call this number you will leave a voicemail and receive a call back shortly from someone who is ready to help you. Whatever information you share will be confidential
- OUTmetrowest -FREE programs for queer tweens and teens with an emphasis on:
- Affirming LGBTQ+ identities through positive role modeling.
- Challenging ableism, classism, misogyny, racism, and other systems of oppression.
- Creating supportive spaces where LGBTQ+ youth can be themselves.
- Respecting, embracing, and celebrating diversity.
Domestic and Dating Violence
- National Domestic Violence Hotline – the National Domestic Violence Hotline helps survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse. Expert advocates offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, and crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.
- Safelink – SafeLink is Massachusetts’ statewide 24/7 toll-free domestic violence hotline. It is for anyone affected by domestic or dating violence. Are you worried about someone or do you have questions about abuse? Do you recognize warning signs of an unhealthy relationship? Do you need help or support? Advocates provides non-judgmental support, help with safety planning, and information on resources. Advocates are bilingual in English and Spanish. They also have access to a service that can provide translation in more than 130 languages.
- Mass Relay – This free and confidential relay service enables those who are disabled to communicate over regular telephone lines through a relay operator