Sometimes things get pretty tough. Here are my recommendations for immediate advice, crisis counseling, and other forms of help. All of these are national & available 24/7. You may also use these helplines if the situation applies to someone else (friend, family member, etc).
• Eating Disorders & Body Image • Discrimination • HIV/AIDS • Rape & Assault • Running Away
• Alcohol & Drug Abuse • Death & Grief • Self Injury • Teen Health • Bullying
Do you feel sad all the time? It’s normal to feel sad sometimes, but if it goes on for a long time, life can start to feel empty and hopeless. Take care of yourself by doing something if you start thinking about hurting or killing yourself. You’re not alone, and it only takes a few seconds to reach out to others who can relate and help you.
National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE
Suicide Hotlines by State: suicidehotlines.com
LGBT Suicide Hotline: 1-866-488-7386
Relationship & Dating Abuse
Are you being abused by your partner? Do they tell you who you can/can’t hang out with? Do they monitor your phone? Do they frequently yell at you or call you names? Do they get physically violent or pressure/force you to do sexual acts you don’t want to do? This isn’t okay, under any circumstance. Call one of these lines if you need advice or help:
Relationship Abuse, Crisis Counseling: 1-800-799-SAFE
Relationship Abuse Hotlines by State: thehotline.org
Teen Relationship Abuse: 1-800-300-1080
Do you think it’s possible you’re pregnant? Have you found out you are pregnant and aren’t sure what to do? Are you concerned about having a baby right now? Over the phone counseling is available here: 1-800-230-PLAN
Eating Disorders, Body Image
Have your eating patterns changed? Are you suddenly working out a lot? Do you obsess about your body all day? Have you contemplated doing something drastic to feel better? Get advice and crisis counseling on on eating habits & body image here: 1-847-831-3438
Do you suspect your teacher or employer is discriminating against you? Do they treat you differently because of your race, gender, sexual orientation? Call here for Discrimination & Hate Crimes Assistance: 1-800-649-0404
For discrimination assistance related to disabilities, call here: 1-800-426-HAND
Were you pressured, threatened, or forced to have sex or do something sexual that you didn’t want to? Has someone touched you inappropriately? Does your partner disrespect your boundaries? Is everything you do sexually at both of your will? For advice or help in your situation, call this hotline: 1-800-656-4673
Are things at home getting really challenging? Do you have a hard time getting through to your parents? Are you considering running away from home or don’t know what to do? Give these folks a call and tell them about your situation: 1-800-843-5200
Death & Grief
Are you dealing with the death of a loved one? Does somebody close to you have a life-threatening illness and you’re not sure how to handle it? Call these folks for some support: 1-800-729-6686
Are you a teen who has a health issue that you need help with? Can’t find someone you trust or too embarrassed to talk about it? Call this helpful line for anonymous advice: 1-888-711-TEEN
Is someone giving you a hard time at work or at school? Do you dread going because you don’t want to see them? Do they make you feel scared or bad about yourself? They might be bullying you, here are folks who can help: 1-212-709-3222 (for teens, referrals given for adults).