Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Mental Health Help Lines, if your not able to get it!
37. Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center: 1-888-694-2273
If you’ve been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder—or you have a hunch you or a loved one may be displaying symptoms of BPD—the social workers staffing the Borderline Personality Disorder Resource Center’s hotline can arm you with all the information you need about local resources and provide immediate over-the-phone counseling.
38. Crisis Call Center: 1-800-273-8255
Another 24-hour helpline, this crisis call center is free of charge, confidential, and geared toward providing support to anyone in emotional distress—whatever the reason. Pick up the phone when you need to talk or text “ANSWER” to 839863 to connect.
39. Disaster Distress Hotline: 1-800-985-5990
If you’ve recently been the victim of a disaster (whether caused by nature or man), this is your go-to contact for all things related to counseling and relief. The trained counselors staffing the Disaster Distress Hotline provide help to those suffering in the wake of hurricanes, floods, wildfires, droughts, and earthquakes as well as incidences of mass violence or health epidemics (like the Ebola crisis). The call center is also open to friends and family members of victims. An alternative way to connect: Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
40. GLBT National Help Line: 1-888-843-4564
Need to talk to someone who gets it when it comes to coming out, being bullied for your sexual orientation, or navigating same-sex relationships? Look no further than the GLBT National Help Line, run by peers and allies of the LGBTQ community. This hotline is ready to hear your concerns and can connect you to the GLBT National Help Center’s massive list of resources for LGBTQ-friendly services and organizations near you.
41. GLBT National Help Center for Youth: 1-800-246-7743
If you’re under 21 and looking to speak with a peer counselor who really understands issues related to gender or sexual identity, this is the number to call. Similar to the national help line, this version for youth lets young LGBTQ-identified individuals dial in to talk about hardships faced in their day-to-day lives. Callers can also access a ton of resources to help bolster them well into their 20s and beyond.
42. GLBTQ Domestic Violence Project: 1-800-832-1901
Domestic violence or sexual assault can happen to anyone. If it’s happened to you and you identify as LGBTQ, this hotline can help. It’s free and confidential and offers you the opportunity to speak with a counselor and to obtain information about safety plans, safe houses, legal resources, and additional crisis intervention options.
43. Hair Pullers Anonymous Nationwide Phone Meetings
Trichotillomania is a disorder involving compulsive pulling of the hair and can also be accompanied by obsessive skin picking. If you’re suffering from this behavioral issue, it can seriously help to speak with people who can relate and share coping mechanisms. Use the link above for an email that will give you access to the confidential telephone number and call times.
44. National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders: 1-800-931-2237
Need more info on eating disorders? Looking for treatment for yourself, a friend, or a loved one? ANAD’s national helpline is here for you. Whether you’re looking for immediate counseling or recommendations for treatment and support, this is the number to call. Folks who prefer to connect with a volunteer or counselor but aren’t in the mood to pick up the phone can take advantage of ANAD’s services via email.
45. National Crime Victim Helpline: 1-800-394-2255
If you’ve been the victim of any type of crime, this toll-free, confidential help line can connect you with the resources that best address your current situation—from directing you to specific counseling centers and resources to connecting you with legal advice. Whatever the crime, this hotline is a trustworthy first step in getting you the assistance you need, STAT.
46. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7223
Trained domestic violence advocates are available to help those trapped in dangerous home situations 24/7. To receive immediate counseling free of charge and gain access to local resources that can assist you in implementing a safety plan and seeking refuge, call The National Domestic Hotline’s toll-free number ASAP.
47. National Eating Disorder Association Helpline: 1-800-931-2237
Need some help figuring out where to go and who to turn to when dealing with an eating disorder (your own or someone else’s)? Call a trained NEDA representative at this hotline and they’ll hook you up with information about eating disorders, treatment options, and referrals.
48. National Organization for Victim Assistance: 1-800-879-6682
Whether you’re a victim or a witness to a crime (or even if you’re a criminal justice or mental health professional seeking services for a client), NOVA’s hotline can help you. Though the association doesn’t offer counseling, NOVA representatives can connect you within minutes to a counseling hotline that best fits your needs. They also provide information about crime and crisis recovery as well as referrals to victim advocacy.
49. National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673
You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’ve been sexually assaulted. This hotline can offer counsel and link you to resources that can help you navigate this traumatic situation. The group’s website also hosts a free and confidential online chat, if that’s easier than picking up the phone.
50. National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
With the primary aim of keeping you going even in the darkest of times, this suicide prevention hotline is available 24/7 to offer a compassionate ear—no matter what you’re dealing with. Pour your heart out to a skilled staffer without fear of being judged, and if you’d like referrals to local mental health care services after your call, hotline representatives can set you up.
51. Obsessive Compulsive Anonymous Nationwide Conference Call: 1-712-432-0075
Maybe you want to connect with others who can relate to the obsessions or compulsions that are weighing on you, but you can’t attend in-person meetings. That’s where this call center can step in. The conference call can help lift you out of isolation and link you up with peers who know exactly what you’re going through. Modeled after AA, OCA’s conference calls follow the basic format of a 12-step meeting. Visit the group’s website for times of calls and additional resources related to OCD.
52. Samaritan’s Crisis Hotline: 1-212-673-3000
Staffed by rigorously trained volunteers, this 24/7 suicide prevention hotline is free of charge and here to help by lending a compassionate, non-judgmental ear when you’re in crisis. This is the ideal resource for anyone who can’t afford therapy but desperately needs to talk and be heard. Call the Samaritans morning, noon, or night if you’re feeling overwhelmed, depressed, or isolated and can’t turn to family and friends.
53. Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386
For LGBTQ youth who need help grappling with urges to self-harm or thoughts of suicide, this number can literally be a lifeline. Available free of charge and at all hours, this number is manned by a trained staffer ready to field your call and let you open up about whatever issues you’re facing. Not into phone calls? Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 to connect with a skilled support line responder.