The National Hopeline Network (1-800-784-2433): Incoming calls are routed to a suicide crisis agency located near the caller. More than 40 percent of calls come from people between the ages of 14 and 24.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1-800-662-4357): Callers receive information on where to find treatment in their area for the abuse of all types of substances, from alcohol to illegal drugs.
Poison Control Centers (1-800-222-1222): You may think of this as a number to call when someone accidentally swallows a substance like cleaning fluid. But, Poison Control also takes calls concerning alcohol and drug abuse–many from teens worried that a friend has overdosed.
National Runaway Switchboard (1-800-786-2929): This hotline helps runaways find local shelters, transitional housing, and other resources. It can even help arrange for them to get a free bus ticket home. Volunteers and professional staff also work to prevent troubled kids from leaving home in the first place.
National Eating Disorders Association (1-800-931-2237): This helpline (staffed only during certain business hours) offers referrals to local support groups and treatment centers for anorexia, bulimia, and other eating problems. After hours, callers can leave a confidential voice mail; a staffer will cal back promptly.
The Center to Prevent Youth Violence (1-866-773-2587): In more than 80 percent of school shooting cases, the attacker told at least one other student about this or her scheme beforehand. This is a number kids can call if they’ve heard about such a plan. Callers are not required to reveal their identity. Trained counselors ask questions, then call the school and local law enforcement to report the threat.
Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000): This crisis resource and referral line is designed to help young people with problems, ranging from fighting with parents and bullying to sexual assault and drug abuse.
National Runaway Safeline (1-800-786-2929 / 1-800-RUNAWAY): Call if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home. Call if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home. Call if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets.
Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. If you’re not ready to call, you can post to our bulletin board, send an email, or start a live chat. It’s anonymous, confidential and free.