Crisis Resources

Human/Sex Trafficking Resources:

  • Human/Sex Trafficking: http://traffickingresourcecenter.org/ (Links to an external site.) (1-888-373-7888)
    • The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States. The toll-free hotline answered live 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Callers can speak with the hotline in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages using a 24-hour tele-interpreting service. When you call the hotline at 1-888-373-7888, you can expect a specially trained and experienced Call Specialist who will speak with you about your needs, your options, and the resources we have available to help.
      • SMS: 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”)
      • Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
      • Languages: English, Spanish and 200 more languages

Child Abuse Resources:

  • HelpGuide http://www.helpguide.org (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Finding more info
    • HelpGuide’s mission is to provide research driven, unbiased tools and information to strengthen mental and emotional health for anyone, anywhere, any time, regardless of their ability to pay
  • Child Help http://www.childhelp.org/pages/hotline-home (Links to an external site.) (1-800-422-4453)
    • Good for: Talking with someone else; Phone hotline
    • The Hotline has received more than 2 million calls since it began in 1982. These calls come from children at risk for abuse, distressed parents seeking crisis intervention and concerned individuals who suspect that child abuse may be occurring. The Hotline is also a valuable resource for those who are mandated by law to report suspected abuse, such as school personnel, medical and mental health professionals and police and fire investigators.

Domestic Violence Resources:

  • Love is Respect http://www.loveisrespect.org/ (Links to an external site.) (1-866-331-9474)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Talking to someone, Finding more info
    • Dating abuse happens when one partner exerts power and control over the other. Learn how to prevent, recognize and escape unhealthy relationships, online and off
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/ (Links to an external site.) (1-800-799-7233)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Talking to someone; Finding more info
    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
  • RAINN www.online.rainn.org (1-800-656-HOPE)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Talking to someone; Finding more info
    • Live, secure, anonymous online crisis intervention
    • Staffed by RAINN staff
    • Does not solicit PII, record transcripts of sessions or record IP addresses

 

Sexual Abuse Resources:

  • Love is Respect http://www.loveisrespect.org/ (Links to an external site.) (1-866-331-9474)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Talking to someone; Finding more info
    • Dating abuse happens when one partner exerts power and control over the other. Learn how to prevent, recognize and escape unhealthy relationships, online and off.
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/ (Links to an external site.) (1-800-799-7233)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Talking to someone; Finding more info
    • The National Domestic Violence Hotline creates access by providing 24-hour support through advocacy, safety planning, resources and hope to everyone affected by domestic violence.
  • RAINN www.online.rainn.org (1-800-656-HOPE)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Talking to someone; Finding more info
    • Live, secure, anonymous online crisis intervention
    • Staffed by RAINN staff
    • Does not solicit PII, record transcripts of sessions or record IP addresses
  • Tahirih Justice Center http://www.tahirih.org (Links to an external site.) (571-282-6161)
    • Good for: Honor violence and forced marriage support and advice
    • Offer holistic services

Finding Local Support for Texters:

  • Search for a local sexual assault service provider in the US: centers.rainn.org
  • Center staff can provide support & information about:
    • Individual & group counseling
    • Medical attention
    • Reporting a crime to law enforcement
  • These centers can provide and/or refer victims to:
    • Counseling services
    • Legal/criminal justice system advocacy
    • Crime victim assistance advocacy
    • Community and professional education
    • Casework / practical assistance
    • Emergency shelter
    • Hospital Accompaniment

 

Homelessness and Runaway  Resources:

  • www.211.org
    • Good for: Specialists and/or texters to find local resources
    • 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • 1-800-runaway http://www.1800runaway.org (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Getting immediate help
    • Assists America’s runaway, homeless, and at-risk youth safe and off the streets
  • National Coalition for the Homeless (202.462.4822) http://www.nationalhomeless.org/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Getting more info
    • The National Coalition for the Homeless is a national network of people who are currently experiencing or who have experienced homelessness, activists and advocates, community-based and faith-based service providers, and others committed to a single mission: To prevent and end homelessness while ensuring the immediate needs of those experiencing homelessness are met and their civil rights protected. We envision a world where everyone has a safe, decent, affordable and accessible home. We are committed to creating the systemic and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent and end homelessness. We take as our first principle of practice that people who are currently experiencing homelessness or have formerly experienced homelessness must be actively involved in all of our work. Our programs are centered around public education, policy advocacy, and grassroots organizing, and are focused on the issues of housing justice, economic justice, health care justice, and civil rights.
  • National Safe Place. http://nationalsafeplace.org/ (Links to an external site.) (Text the word “safe” and your current location (city/state/zip) to 69866)
    • Good for: Getting immediate help
    • Safe Place is an outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety. As a community initiative,the program designates schools, fire stations, libraries and youth-friendly businesses as Safe Place sites where youth can access help and supportive resources.

 

Self Harm Resources:

 

  • TWLOHA http://twloha.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: information; local resources; feeling part of a community
  • Butterfly Project http://butterfly-project.tumblr.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Empowerment; Feeling part of a community; Stopping self harm
    • A peer driven blog site for those who Self Harm.
  • Half of Us http://www.halfofus.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Finding more info
    • Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24.
  • www.supportgroups.com
    • Good for: Talking to other people
    • Online support groups from a range of topics from Suicide→ Cancer
  • Reach out us.reachout.com (1-800-448-300)
    • Good for: Phone hotline; Finding more information on site
  • Safe Alternative www.selfinjury.com (1-800-DONTCUT)
    • Good for: Phone support line; Finding more information on site; Hearing stories of other people like them
    • The S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® philosophy and model of treatment focus on shifting control to the client, empowering them to make healthy choices, including the choice to not self-injure. Quality of Life is a Choice.
  • Teen Central http://www.teencentral.net/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Talking to other people; Hearing stories of other people like them
    • TeenCentral.Net is a prevention and intervention resource for teens and is dedicated to improving the lives of all youth by providing emotional support and appropriate references in a safe web environment where identity is protected and anonymity is respected.

 

Bullying resources:

  • Reach out us.reachout.com 1-800-448-300
    • Good for: Talking with other people
  • The Bully Project: http://www.thebullyproject.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Empowerment; Finding more info
    • The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. We’ve sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action. The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you and the remarkable list of partners we’ve gathered who collectively work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Our goal is to reach 10 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America.
  • Stop Bullying http://www.stopbullying.gov (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Finding more info
    • This website includes national resources for youth being bullied as well as information for parents and schools
  • Teen Central http://www.teencentral.net/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Talking with people; Finding more info
    • TeenCentral.Net is a prevention and intervention resource for teens and is dedicated to improving the lives of all youth by providing emotional support and appropriate references in a safe web environment where identity is protected and anonymity is respected.

 

Eating Disorder resources

  • National Eating Disorder Association http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/ (Links to an external site.) 1-800-931-2237
    • Good for: Finding more info
    • The National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) is the leading non-profit organization in the United States advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Reaching millions every year, we campaign for prevention, improved access to quality treatment, and increased research funding to better understand and treat eating disorders. We work with partners and volunteers to develop programs and tools to help everyone who seeks assistance.
  • Half of Us http://www.halfofus.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Finding more info
    • Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24.
  • Reach out us.reachout.com 1-800-448-300
    • Good for: Talking to other people
  • To Write Love on Her Arm http://twloha.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Finding more info
    • To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.

 

LGBTQ Resources:

  • Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org (Links to an external site.) 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
    • Good for: Talking to someone, LGBTQ specific hotline, Getting more info
    • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Trevor has a 24/7 phone line, and limited chat and text services. They also have a social networking site called Trevor Space accessible on their website for LGBTQ youth and allies to connect and support each other.
  • It gets better: http://www.itgetsbetter.org/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Finding more info, Feeling part of a community
    • The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
  • Reach out us.reachout.com 1-800-448-300
    • Good for: Talking with other people

 

Substance Abuse Resources:

  • www.211.org
    • Good for: Immediate support
    • 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need. We’re here for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • http://www.samhsa.gov/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Getting more info
    • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
  • Reach out us.reachout.com 1-800-448-300
    • Good for: Talking to other people
  • Half of Us http://www.halfofus.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for: Getting more info
    • Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year. The impact of mental illness is so devastating that suicide is the third leading cause of death among all people ages 15-24.
  • www.supportgroups.com
    • Good for: Talking to other people online support groups from a range of topics from Suicide→ Cancer
  • Teen Central http://www.teencentral.net/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Good for talking to other people
    • TeenCentral.Net is a prevention and intervention resource for teens and is dedicated to improving the lives of all youth by providing emotional support and appropriate references in a safe web environment where identity is protected and anonymity is respected.

Suicide Resources  (all national or web-based)

  • To Write Love on Her Arm http://twloha.com/ (Links to an external site.)
    • To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery. www.supportgroups.com
    • online support groups from a range of topics from Suicide→ Cancer
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (Links to an external site.)
    • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org (Links to an external site.) 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
    • The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth. Trevor has a 24/7 phone line, and limited chat and text services. They also have a social networking site called Trevor Space accessible on their website for LGBTQ youth and allies to connect and support each other.
  • Teen Central http://www.teencentral.net/ (Links to an external site.)
    • TeenCentral.Net is a prevention and intervention resource for teens and is dedicated to improving the lives of all youth by providing emotional support and appropriate references in a safe web environment where identity is protected and anonymity is respected.
  • SAMHSA http://www.samhsa.gov/ (Links to an external site.)
    • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.
  • Active Minds http://www.activeminds.org/ (Links to an external site.)
    • Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.

 

Depression, Anxiety & Grief Resources

(all national or web-based)

  • National Alliance on Mental Illness www.nami.org (Links to an external site.)
  • Good For: Finding more info; Talking to others
  • NAMI is a site dedicated to supporting people with mental illness in various ways—through both education around illnesses and support groups. People can also use the site to find regional NAMI support centers to join.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (Links to an external site.) (1-800-273-8255)
  • Good for: Call hotline
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • Mayo Clinic www.mayoclinic.com (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Finding more info
  • More than 3,300 physicians, scientists and researchers from Mayo Clinic share their expertise to empower you.
  • Healthy Place www.healthyplace.com (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Finding more info
  • HealthyPlace.com is the largest consumer mental health site, providing comprehensive, trusted information on psychological disorders and psychiatric medications from both a consumer and expert point of view.
  • Half of Us http://www.halfofus.com/ (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Finding more info
  • Mental health issues are a reality for millions of people across the country. Young people are especially at risk, with half of college students reporting that they have been stressed to a point where they couldn’t function during the past year.
  • SupportGroups www.supportgroups.com (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Talking to others
  • Online support groups from a range of topics from Suicide to Cancer
  • Hello Grief http://www.hellogrief.org/ (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Finding more info; Talking to others (forum)
  • Hello Grief is a site dedicated to increasing awareness of the impact of childhood bereavement, and providing resources to, and connecting those living living with grief and loss. A community that understands grief and loss. Grief is an uninvited visitor that never leaves. We address grief head-on, with real people providing real-life opinions, and sharing real-life stories.
  • To Write Love on Her Arms http://twloha.com/ (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Finding more info; Finding additional resources
  • To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
  • Active Minds http://www.activeminds.org/ (Links to an external site.)
  • Good for: Empowerment
  • Active Minds is the leading nonprofit organization that empowers students to speak openly about mental health in order to educate others and encourage help-seeking. We are changing the culture on campuses and in the community by providing information, leadership opportunities and advocacy training to the next generation.
  • Teen Central http://www.teencentral.net/ (Links to an external site.)
  • Good For: Talking to others
  • TeenCentral.Net is a prevention and intervention resource for teens and is dedicated to improving the lives of all youth by providing emotional support and appropriate references in a safe web environment where identity is protected and anonymity is respected. This is a great service; however, the user experience/design is pretty poor and may turn off teens.