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Hotlines

Hotline Icon If you are experiencing a medical emergency, are in danger, or are feeling suicidal, call 911 immediately.  

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.): 1-800-273-8255
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Immediate Medical Assistance: 911
Crisis Text Line (U.S. and Canada): Text HOME to 741741
Youthspace Text Line (across Canada): Text 778-783-0177 from 6 p.m. to midnight daily.

Teen Health & Wellness: Real Life, Real Answers is for educational purposes only. If you have a question on a health or wellness issue, we strongly encourage you to call one of the hotlines below to speak to a qualified professional or speak to a trusted adult, such as a parent, teacher, or guidance counselor.

Listed below are hotlines, help lines, and information lines, organized by subject. These national organizations can also refer you to state and local services in your community.

AIDS and HIV

Canadian AIDS Society
HIV Information Hotlines:
http://www.cdnaids.ca/resources/hiv-information-hotlines

HIVinfo (U.S.)
1-800-448-0440
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST
https://hivinfo.nih.gov

HIV/AIDS Hotlines by State
https://hab.hrsa.gov/get-care/state-hivaids-hotlines

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) to talk to an information specialist about HIV/AIDS or HIV testing sites
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.cdc.gov


Alcohol and Drugs

Al-Anon/Alateen (U.S.)
888-425-2666
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday
https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen
https://al-anon.org/newcomers/teen-corner-alateen/try-an-alateen-chat-meeting

Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction
1-833-235-4048
https://www.ccsa.ca/alcohol

Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (Canada)
1-800-463-2338
https://www.camh.ca/en/health-info/mental-illness-and-addiction-index/alcohol

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism (U.S.)
800-662-HELP (4357)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov


Bullying and Cyberbullying

BullyingCanada
(877) 352-4497
https://www.bullyingcanada.ca

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1-833-456-4566
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text 45645 from 4 pm to midnight EST
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (U.S. and Canada)
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.childhelp.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S)
1-800-273-8255
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Your Life Iowa: Bullying Support and Suicide Prevention (U.S.)
(855) 581-8111 or text (855) 895-8398
https://yourlifeiowa.org


Depression

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1-833-456-4566
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text 45645 from 4 pm to midnight EST
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en

Crisis Services Canada
Find local resources and support
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/looking-for-local-resources-support

Depression and Bipolar Support (U.S.)
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text DBSA to 741-741
http://www.dbsalliance.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.)
1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Eating Disorders

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (U.S.)
Helpline: 888-375-7767
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, Monday to Friday
http://www.anad.org

National Eating Disorders Association (U.S.)
Helpline: 800-931-2237, Monday to Thursday, 11a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. EST
Or text (800) 931-2237, Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. EST
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

National Eating Disorder Information Centre (Canada)
Helpline: 1-866-NEDIC-20
Toronto: 416-340-4156
Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. EST
https://nedic.ca


Grief and Loss

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1-833-456-4566
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text 45645 from 4 pm to midnight EST
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en

Crisis Text Line (U.S. and Canada)
Text HOME to 741741 or message us at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine to chat with a Crisis Counselor.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.crisistextline.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.)
1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

TeenLine
(310) 855-HOPE (4673)
(800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (U.S. and Canada only)
Or text TEEN to 839863
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time, every night
https://teenlineonline.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Military Survivors (TAPS)
800-959-TAPS (8277)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.taps.org


Homelessness and Runaways

Boys Town National Hotline — serving all at-risk teens and children
800-448-3000
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text VOICE to 20121
http://www.boystown.org/hotline

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline
Call 1-833-900-1010 to get help or submit a tip
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.canadianhumantraffickinghotline.ca

National Human Trafficking Hotline (U.S.)
Call 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 to get help or submit a tip
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://humantraffickinghotline.org

National Runaway Safeline (U.S.)
800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.1800runaway.org


Mental Health

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1-833-456-4566
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text 45645 from 4 pm to midnight EST
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en

Crisis Services Canada
Find local resources and support
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en/looking-for-local-resources-support

Disaster Distress Helpline (U.S.)
Call or text 1-800-985-5990
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.)
1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (U.S.)
Helpline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline


Rape, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Violence

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline (U.S. and Canada)
1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.childhelp.org

love is respect: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline (U.S.)
1-866-331-9474
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text LOVEIS to 22522
http://www.loveisrespect.org

National Domestic Violence Hotline (U.S.)
1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
Or text START to 88788
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.ndvh.org

National Human Trafficking Hotline (U.S.)
Call 1-888-373-7888 or text 233733 to get help or submit a tip
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://humantraffickinghotline.org

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) (U.S.)
800-656-HOPE (4673)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.rainn.org


School Violence

Crisis Text Line (U.S. and Canada)
Text HOME to 741741 or message us at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine to chat with a Crisis Counselor.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.crisistextline.org

Disaster Distress Helpline (U.S.)
Call or text 1-800-985-5990
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/disaster-distress-helpline

Safe School Helpline (U.S.)
1-800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359 or (1-800-418-6423)
Or text TIPS to 614-426-0240
https://schoolhelpline.com


Sexuality and Sexual Health

Action Canada
1-888-642-2725 or text 613-800-6757
Seven days a week, 9 am–9 p.m. EST
https://www.actioncanadashr.org

American Sexual Health Association
http://www.ashasexualhealth.org

LGBT National Youth Talkline (U.S.)
800-246-7743
http://www.glnh.org/talkline

LGBT Youth Line (Canada)
1-800-268-9688
Or text 647-694-4275
Sunday to Friday, 4 p.m.–9:30 p.m. EST
http://www.youthline.ca

Planned Parenthood National Hotline (U.S.)
1-800-230-PLAN (7526) — for routing to local resources
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text PPNOW to 774636
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

Trans Lifeline
U.S.:(877) 565-8860
Canada: (877) 330-6366
This hotline is staffed by volunteers who are all trans identified and educated in the range of difficulties transgender people experience. Operators are generally available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.
http://www.translifeline.org

The Trevor Lifeline (U.S.)
1-866-488-7386
Or text START to 678-678
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.thetrevorproject.org

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Call 1-800-CDC-INFO (232-4636) to talk to an information specialist about HIV/AIDS, STDs, or HIV testing sites
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.cdc.gov


Stress and Anxiety

Crisis Text Line (U.S. and Canada)
Text HOME to 741741 or message us at facebook.com/CrisisTextLine to chat with a Crisis Counselor.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.crisistextline.org

Kids Help Phone (Canada only)
800-668-6868
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.kidshelpphone.ca

TeenLine
(310) 855-HOPE (4673)
(800) TLC-TEEN (852-8336) (U.S. and Canada only)
Or text TEEN to 839863
6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Time, every night
https://teenlineonline.org


Suicide

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1-833-456-4566
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text 45645 from 4 pm to midnight EST
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (U.S.)
800-273-TALK (8255)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org


Teen Parenting

Community Action Program for Children (Canada)
https://capc-pace.phac-aspc.gc.ca/en/provincial-search

National Safe Haven Alliance (U.S.)
Call or text 1-888-510-BABY (2229)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Safe Haven Infant Protection Laws enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution.
State finder map: https://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/safe-haven-locations

Postpartum Support International
1-800-944-4PPD (4773)
Calls returned within 24 hours
http://postpartum.net


Teen Pregnancy

Community Action Program for Children (Canada)
https://capc-pace.phac-aspc.gc.ca/en/provincial-search

National Safe Haven Alliance (U.S.)
Call or text 1-888-510-BABY (2229)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Safe Haven Infant Protection Laws enable a person to give up an unwanted infant anonymously. As long as the baby has not been abused, the person may do so without fear of arrest or prosecution.
State finder map: https://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/safe-haven-locations

Birthright International (U.S. and Canada)
Helpline: 1-800-550-4900
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.birthright.org

Planned Parenthood (U.S.)
1-800-230-PLAN (7526) — for routing to local resources
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text PPNOW to 774636
http://www.plannedparenthood.org



“Resources Recommended by Teen Health & Wellness” Last Updated: August 2021