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Hotlines

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

U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Canada Suicide Prevention Service: 1-833-456-4566 or text 45645
Immediate Medical Assistance: 911
Crisis Text Line (U.S.): Text HOME to 741741
Kids Help Phone (Canada): 1-800-668-6868 or text CONNECT to 686868

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 school counselor.

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

AIDS and HIV

AIDS and HIV

U.S.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Call 1-800-232-4636 to talk to an information specialist about HIV/AIDS or HIV testing sites
http://www.cdc.gov

HIVinfo
1-800-448-0440
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. EST
https://hivinfo.nih.gov/home-page

HIV/AIDS Hotlines by State
https://ryanwhite.hrsa.gov/hiv-care/hotlines

Canada

Canadian AIDS Society
HIV Information Hotlines:
https://www.cdnaids.ca

Alcohol and Drugs

Alcohol and Drugs

U.S.

Al-Anon/Alateen
1-888-425-2666
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/alateen-electronic-meeting

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
1-800-662-4357
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.niaaa.nih.gov

Canada

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

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

Bullying and Cyberbullying

Bullying and Cyberbullying

U.S.

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
Call or text 1-800-422-4453
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://childhelphotline.org

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

Canada

BullyingCanada
1-877-352-4497
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 p.m. to midnight EST
https://www.crisisservicescanada.ca/en

Depression

Depression

U.S.

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
1-800-273-8255
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text DBSA to 741-741
http://www.dbsalliance.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Canada

Canada Suicide Prevention Service
1-833-456-4566
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text 45645 from 4 p.m. 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

Eating Disorders

Eating Disorders

U.S.

National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders
Helpline: 1-888-375-7767
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, Monday to Friday
http://www.anad.org

National Eating Disorders Association
Helpline: 1-800-931-2237, Monday to Thursday, 11a.m.–9 p.m. and Friday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. EST
Or text 1-800-931-2237, Monday to Thursday, 3 p.m.–6 p.m. and Friday 1 p.m.–5 p.m. EST
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org

Canada

National Eating Disorder Information Centre
Helpline: 1-866-633-4220
Toronto: 416-340-4156
https://nedic.ca

Grief and Loss

Grief and Loss

U.S.

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 anytime, about any type of crisis.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.crisistextline.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

Teen Line
1-800-852-8336, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST
Or text TEEN to 839863, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST
https://www.teenline.org

Tragedy Assistance Program for Military Survivors (TAPS)
1-800-959-8277
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.taps.org

Canada

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

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
Or text CONNECT to 686868
https://kidshelpphone.ca

Teen Line
1-800-852-8336, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST
Or text TEEN to 839863, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST
https://www.teenline.org

Homelessness and Runaways

Homelessness and Runaways

U.S.

Boys Town National Hotline
1-800-448-3000
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
Or text VOICE to 20121
http://www.boystown.org/hotline

National Human Trafficking Hotline
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
1-800-786-2929
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.1800runaway.org

Canada

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

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
Or text CONNECT to 686868
https://kidshelpphone.ca

Mental Health

Mental Health

U.S.

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

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Helpline: 1-800-950-6264
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m. EST
https://nami.org/Home

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org

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

Canada

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

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA)
Find CMHA in your area: https://cmha.ca/find-help/find-cmha-in-your-area

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

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
Or text CONNECT to 686868
https://kidshelpphone.ca

Rape, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Violence

Rape, Sexual Violence, and Domestic Violence

U.S.

love is respect: National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
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
1-800-799-7233
Or text START to 88788
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.ndvh.org

National Human Trafficking Hotline
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)
1-800-656-4673
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.rainn.org

Canada

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

Ending Violence Association of Canada
Find help across Canada:
https://endingviolencecanada.org/getting-help

Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/ Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
https://www.sadvtreatmentcentres.ca/other-services.html

ShelterSafe
Find a local shelter or crisis line
https://sheltersafe.ca/get-help

School Violence

School Violence

U.S.

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

Canada

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
Or text CONNECT to 686868
https://kidshelpphone.ca

Sexuality and Sexual Health

Sexuality and Sexual Health

U.S.

LGBT National Youth Talkline
1-800-246-7743
http://www.glnh.org/talkline

Planned Parenthood
1-800-230-7526
Sexual Health Counseling & Referral Hotline: 1-800-258-4448 Option #4
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

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

Trans Lifeline
1-877-565-8860
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

Canada

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

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

Trans Lifeline
1-877-330-6366
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

Stress and Anxiety

Stress and Anxiety

U.S.

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 anytime, about any type of crisis.
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
https://www.crisistextline.org

Teen Line
1-800-852-8336, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. PST
Or text TEEN to 839863, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. PST
https://www.teenline.org

Canada

Kids Help Phone
1-800-668-6868
Or text CONNECT to 686868
http://www.kidshelpphone.ca

Suicide

Suicide

U.S.

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

Canada

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

Teen Parenting

Teen Parenting

U.S.

National Safe Haven Alliance
Call or text 1-888-510-2229
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
Call or text “Help” to 1-800-944-4773
https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/locations

Canada

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

Postpartum Support International
Call or text “Help” to 1-800-944-4773
https://www.postpartum.net/get-help/locations

Teen Pregnancy

Teen Pregnancy

U.S.

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

National Safe Haven Alliance
Call or text 1-888-510-2229
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

Planned Parenthood
1-800-230-7526
http://www.plannedparenthood.org

Canada

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

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


“Resources Recommended by Teen Health & Wellness” Last Updated: March 2022