Print Posted on 05/01/2017 in How-To

Free Telephone Counseling Hotlines

Free Telephone Counseling Hotlines

These are free telephone counseling hotlines available to all. Some will provide help over the phone, while others will refer you to in-person care. In case of emergency, please dial 911 or go to your nearest hospital emergency room. If you or someone you know is in suicidal, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

There are agencies which offer short term crisis counseling and referrals in the list below. For long term counseling, please consider a local resource. You can also use the search box at the top of this page to find an affordable counseling in your area.


Quick Reference Guide

Adolescent Suicide Hotline 800-621-4000

Adolescent Crisis Intervention & Counseling Nineline 1-800-999-9999

AIDS National Hotline 1-800-342-2437

AIDS Hotline (Youth only) 1-800-788-1234

CHADD-Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder 1-800-233-4050

Child Abuse Hotline 800-4-A-CHILD

Child At Risk Hotline 1-800-792-5200

Cocaine Help Line 1-800-COCAINE (1-800-262-2463)

CyberTipline for reporting the exploitation of children 1-800-843-5678

Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233

Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse 1-800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)

Drug & Alcohol Treatment Hotline 800-662-HELP

Eating Disorders Center 1-888-236-1188

Ecstasy Addiction 1-800-468-6933

Elder Abuse Hotline 1-800-252-8966 (National)

Family Violence Prevention Center 1-800-313-1310

Gay & Lesbian National Hotline 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)

Gay & Lesbian Trevor HelpLine Suicide Prevention 1-800-850-8078

Gay Men’s Domestic Violence Program 1-800-832-1901

Incest Awareness Foundation 1-888 -547-3222

Learning Disabilities - (National Center For) 1-888-575-7373

Missing & Exploited Children Hotline 1-800-843-5678

Narcotics Anonymous 1-866-624-3578

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

Panic Disorder Information Hotline 800- 64-PANIC

Parental Stress Line 1-800-632-8188

Post Abortion Trauma 1-800-593-2273

Project Inform HIV/AIDS Treatment Hotline 800-822-7422

Rape (People Against Rape) 1-800-877-7252

Rape, Abuse, Incest, National Network (RAINN) 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673)

Runaway Hotline800-621-4000

Self-Injury (Information only) 1-800-DONT CUT (1-800-366-8288)

Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673

Sexual Abuse - Stop It Now! 1-888-PREVENT

Substance Abuse Helpline 1-800-327-5050

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Suicide & Crisis Hotline 1-800-999-9999

STD Hotline 1-800-227-8922

Teen Helpline 1-800-400-0900

Victim Center 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255)

Youth Crisis Hotline 800-HIT-HOME

Substance Abuse Hotlines





Al-Anon / Alateen

1-888-4AL-ANON (1-888-425-2666)

American Council on Alcoholism

(800) 527-5344

American Council on Alcoholism


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence


National Council on Alcohol and Drugs


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence


National Council on Alcohol and Drugs


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence


National Council on Alcohol and Drugs


SAMHSA Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator

Mental Illness

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

(800) 826 -3632


American Chronic Pain Association



Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)

(800) 826 -3632

Eating Disorders

Anorexia Nervosa and Associate Disorders (ANAD)


Referrals to treatment and Information

Bulimia and Self-Help Hotline


(24 hours crisis line)

National Eating Disorder Referral and Information Center


National Eating Disorders Association


Grief and Loss

Grief Recovery Institute



United States National Suicide & Crisis Hotlines|

1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433

1-800-273-TALK (273-8255


Child Abuse and Neglect

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

Hotline: 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678)


Child Help USA

Info & referrals to local agencies; crisis counseling. Info & referrals to local agencies; crisis counseling.

1-800-4-A-CHILD (24 hrs)

National Council on Child Abuse & Family Violence

Info & referrals on child abuse & other types of family violence. Visit the website for your local toll-free numbers.

Child Welfare Information Gateway

(Formerly the National Clearinghouse on Child abuse and Neglect)

1-800-FYI-3366 (800-394-3206), 703-385-7565

Stop It Now

Prevention of sexual abuse of children

1-800-PREVENT confidential line


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