Resources and Hotlines
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If you or someone you know is currently in danger, please dial 911 immediately.
This packet includes:
- Suicide warnings and risk factors
- Talking to your kids about suicide
- Teen suicide prevention video
- Local Crisis Contact Resources
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-8255): The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
IMAlive: IMALIVE is a service of the Kristin Brooks Hope Center (KBHC), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Our focus is suicide intervention, prevention, awareness and education. We provide help and hope through online crisis chat, college campus and high school events and other educational programs. Features a "CHAT NOW" function, a free, confidential and secure online chat service. All chats are answered by trained volunteers.
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. Text POISON to 797979 to save the contact info for poison control in your phone.
National Runaway Safeline (1-800-786-2929 / 1-800-RUNAWAY): 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. 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.
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.
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.
Covenant House: Covenant House is 31 cities strong across 6 countries, working every day to help rescue, care for and protect homeless kids. Millions of kids suffer on the streets every day. For over 40 years, Covenant House has sheltered and cared for these young people – now standing as a powerful human rights movement for homeless and trafficked youth in 31 cities across 6 countries.