Depending on where you’re located in the world, not all of these hotlines will be accessible in your area, but there should be something else that’s similar and local to you or some type of local equivalent.
First things first: Never, ever feel like you’re being a burden by calling a hotline. These numbers exist and have funding to help people exactly like you. These resources exist to be used. It’s not your job to try to decide whether whatever you’re struggling with is a “big enough” problem or not. If there’s something going on in your life that you need help with, it’s worth calling. Trust us. The people waiting on the other end of the line are there to help you, they want you to call in. If they could tell you one thing right now, they would be begging you to make the call.
Ok, we needed to get that out of the way, because way too many teens avoid taking advantage of resources like these because they think their problems aren’t bad enough, or they don’t want to be a burden or to take resources away from someone who needs them more. That’s very thoughtful, but when it comes to hotlines for teenagers, they have the resources in place specifically to help people like you, and the person who called before you, and the person who calls next – no matter how big, or small, their problems are.
Next, if you’re in immediate danger, don’t hesitate to call 9-1-1 or your local emergency number. Once again, that’s what 911 is for. You aren’t being a burden, you aren’t being a nuisance, you could be saving a life (Your own? Or someone else’s. Either way, it’s worth a call.)
Now, with that out of the way, let’s look at some specific hotline numbers…
National Suicide Hotline
If you are having suicidal, please take a minute to call a helpline, just to see what they have to say. It won’t hurt to listen.
Call 1-800-273-8255 or visit their website.
This 24/7 hotline is available via text messages. Sometimes, it’s just easier to text instead of speaking, especially when you’re in a crisis. They’ll communicate with you on your terms, and help you find the resources that you need to overcome whatever you’re dealing with.
Text “HELLO” to 741741 or visit their website
Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender National Help Center
This is a hotline for LGBTQ+ youth who are going through a difficult time. They are not open 24/7, they’re open 1pm – 9pm pacific on weekdays, 9-2 pm on Saturdays, and 12 – 5pm on Sundays.
Call 1800-246-PRIDE (7743) or visit their website
His is a 24/7 hotline staffed by volunteers who all identify as trans, and have education and training to help with a number of issues that trans people experience.
U.S. (877) 565-8860, Canada (877) 330-6366 or visit their website
National Sexual Assault Hotline
This is an LGBT-inclusive hotline that offers support to victims of sexual abuse and assault. It’s not exclusively for LGBT people, so if you’ve suffered any type of sexual abuse or assault, they’re waiting to talk to you and to help you deal with it.
1-800-656-HOPE 24/7 or visit their website for online counseling
Need more help?
If you’re dealing with something that isn’t addressed above, please don’t hesitate to visit a search engine and to look for something more specific. Also, you can leave a comment so that we can add additional resources, but once again – if you’re currently in crisis, don’t wait. Make the call ASAP. We believe in you.