Helplines are there for people during their times of need. If you are ever struggling with things such as your mental health or addiction, please reach out to others for help and support. You do not have to try to be “brave” or “tough.” It’s okay to not be okay. That does not make you weak. #SickNotWeak.
We have compiled a reference sheet of varying helpline and hotline phone numbers for you in case of emergency or in case you would ever need them. It has everything from the National Suicide Prevention Helpline phone number to the Crisis Text Line number. You can easily save this reference list to your phone, computer, or tablet or you could even print it out to keep with you. You can ever share this helpful list with those that you care about the most.
It is always better to have the resources available to you even if you think you will never need them, then to need them and not have them or be able to find them when you are struggling.
If you need help, you need help. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Contacting a helpline or hotline for the first time can oftentimes feel scarier than it actually is and this perhaps could do with the fact that you are getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new for the first time. But the people at the other end of the phone line aren’t there to judge you or bring you harm. They are there to help people because they genuinely care.
Many people who volunteer at or work for a helpline have needed help themselves at one point or another. Some of them may have been exactly where you are now or have gone through something similar and therefore may even be able to relate to you more than you realize.
Even if you don’t feel comfortable using your voice to reach out to a helpline for help, depending on your situation, there are some helplines that you can reach out to via text messaging instead. Just because, for whatever personal reason you might have, you don’t want to or can’t speak over the phone that does not mean that you are out of options because texting a helpline can still get you the help and information that you need.
Unfortunately, as of right now, pretty much all of the helpline numbers on the above list are U.S. based. There is one number on this list for the UK, so if that is where you are from, you can still contact Samaritans and inform them of the kind of help you need so that they can hopefully point you in the right direction.
I hope that this reference list is able to help anyone who is in need whether you are struggling with your mental health, addiction, an eating disorder, or something else. Always remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved more than you know. You are worthy, your life matters, and you are never alone.
[PLEASE NOTE: If you are feeling suicidal or like you might harm yourself or others or if you feel your life is in danger, please contact 911 immediately for emergency assistance if live in the U.S. For people in other countries, please contact you local emergency services.]
P.S. If you know of any important or useful helpline/hotline phone numbers that are not on this list, please feel free to leave a comment below with the hotline name and number so that we can add it to the list and share it with those who need it the most. Also, since I am not able to personally try all of the numbers listed above, if you notice that any information is wrong or out-of-date please let us know as well so that we can correct it. Stay safe and healthy! 💖✨💕
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Samantha is the author of "My Bipolar Mind: You're not alone," she is also a freelance writer, blogger, and mental health advocate who runs and manages her own mental health blog MyBipolarMind.com.