Find Support

If you are in an emergency, please visit your local emergency room for assistance!

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For Immediate Help

  • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)

    • Provides free & confidential 24/7 emotional support

  • Crisis Text Line: Text "Home" to 741741 (US), 686868 (Canada), 85258 (UK)

    • Texting them will connect you with a trained Crisis Counselor 24/7

  • Youth Helpline - Your Life Your Voice: 1-800-448-3000

    • Provides national (United States) 24/7 toll free support for children, teens, and young adults. 

  • Teen Lifeline: 602-248-8336 (TEEN) OR  1-800-248-8336 (TEEN) statewide in Arizona

  • The Trevor Project

    • Trevor Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386 available 24/7

    • Trevor Chat12:00pm - 6:00pm (PT), 7 days a week online 

    • Trevor Text: Text "Trevor" to 1-202-304-1200 Fridays only between 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST. Standard text messaging rates may apply.

    • Leads the crisis intervention & suicide prevention efforts for LGBTQIA+ individuals between 13-24 years old.

  • National Domestic Violence Helpline*

    • Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE) - Provides free & confidential 24/7 expert support to those experiencing domestic violence or seek information.

    • Online Chat (top right corner of screen): Available everyday from 7:00am-2:00am (CT)

    • *PLEASE NOTE: Your computer may be monitored in a situation of domestic abuse.

  • National Sexual Assault Hotline
    • Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) - Connects you with trained staff offering a range of free services
    • Online Chat (button center-top of screen): Connects you with help 24/7
  • ​National Eating Disorders Association Helpline
    • ​Hotline: 1-800-931-2237 available 11am -​ 9pm (ET) Mon-Thur and 11am - 5pm (ET) Fri
    • Online Chat (click on left green textbox): 9am - 9pm (ET) Mon-Thur and 9am - 5pm (ET) Fri
  • 211 L.A.: 211
    • Dial 211 to receive information and referrals for all health and human services in Los Angeles County. Offers 24/7 support with trained community advisors.

For Education

  •  National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): 1-800-950-6264 (NAMI)

    • Provides free information, referrals, and support to anyone with a mental illness, anyone living and/or assisting someone with a mental illness, and the general public. Often has volunteer attorneys who may be able to offer expertise and referrals in necessary cases.   

  • The Trill Project:

    • An anonymous social networking app for Apple and Android that offers moderated peer support for users
      across the globe who identify as LGBTQ+, struggle with mental health, are recovering from trauma, or
      are just looking to escape traditional social networks, make new friends, and discover their sense of
      belonging and worth.​

  • Liberate: My OCD Fighter

    • India's first and only mobile application that helps people track their obsessions, compulsions, emotions, is a self-help diary and provides other information pertaining to OCD and a wide array of exercises.​ Available for download on Android in India, the U.S., and coming soon globally.

  • ReachOut

    • Provides pre-moderated forums to offer as a safe space for discussions of any kind. Meant for 13-24 year oldsNot a crisis or counseling service. 

  • Teen Central

    • A resource for teens to support and improve the lives of each other while protecting their identities and anonymity.

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

    • An agency inside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services seeking to mitigate negligence of substance abuse and mental illness topics in the United States. 

  • Active Minds:

    • Advocates for mental health on college campuses and communities by empowering students to speak up about and study mental health issues.

  • The JED Foundation

    • Empowers young people by partnering with schools, families, and communities to teach skills that help teens and young adults transition into a healthy, emotionally-balanced life.

  • DrugRehab:

    • Provides information and support to people facing substance use disorders and mental illness.

  • Addiction Treatment Services

    • Provides information and support regarding substance abuse and addiction for teenagers, high schoolers, college students, LGBTQ+ individuals, nurses, veterans, and by U.S. state.​

  • Dior Vargas:

    • Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist, White House Champion of Change for Disability Advocacy Across Generations, and creator of the People of Color and Mental Illness Photo Project.

  • The Steve Fund Knowledge Center

    • A resource for mental health and emotional well-being involving students of color.​ Educates with panels, interviews, webinars, etc.

  • Be Vocal: Speak Up for Mental Health

    • Empowers and educates by documenting stories of mental health. Founded by Demi Lovato,​ platinum-selling recording artist, NY Times-bestselling author, and mental health advocate.

  • Child Mind Institute

    • Works to give children access to the best and most effective treatment when and where they need it most

    • Increases scientific research on the brain

    • Provides information for families and communities to empower them with education


    • Resources for recovery from substance use disorders (especially drug addiction) and co-occurring disorders

  • Orlando Recovery Center:

    • In-depth guides and resources for anyone interested in learning more about addiction, mental health treatment, and recovery.​

  • Asian Pacific Counseling and Treatment Centers: 213-252-2100

    • Directly operated by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health​ to offer mental health services to the Asian American Pacific Islander refugee and immigrant communities.

  • Los Angeles LGBT Center: 323-993-7400

    • Offers LGBT+ individuals, couples, family, and group therapy services as well as psychiatric care. Operates one of the few programs to assist LGBT people involved in domestic and intimate partner abuse/violence and our programs to combat substance abuse ​

  • The Soldiers Project: 1-877-576-5343

    • Provides​ free, confidential, and unlimited mental health services for active duty service members or veterans who has served since September 11, 2001. Also provides services to military families.


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