Crisis Text Line
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Free, 24/7 support for people in crisis.

 

You appear to be catching us at a time of high volume. No worries, our Crisis Counselors, who are 100% real humans, are still available to talk, 24/7! In the mean time here is some quick information about Crisis Text Line to help you decide if we are the best resource for you:

What is a crisis?

“If it’s a crisis to you, it’s a crisis to us.” We want everyone to feel comfortable texting in, regardless of how they define a crisis. That said, a crisis is typically a moment of extreme emotional pain that gets in the way of living your everyday life.

Simply “testing” our system takes up space in our queue, which may slow down the help that we are able to give to texters who are in immediate crisis. Additionally, we're not a replacement for a counselor or a best friend, or a service to use when you're simply bored.

How does it work?

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

 
A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

A live, trained Crisis Counselor receives the text and responds quickly.

 
The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

The volunteer Crisis Counselor will help you move from a hot moment to a cool moment.

Please note that we are not a replacement for counseling or long-term medical treatment. Our goal is to help you move from an emotionally overwhelming place to a sense of calm, at which point you feel ready to continue on your own.

Want to spread the word about us?

Great, we love it when people talk about us on social media! We have a couple of suggestions on how to tell people about our services:

  • Encourage people to save our number in their phone.
  • Be careful with using screenshots-- we don't want to encourage others to "test" the system and take up space in our queue from texters who may be in serious question
  • Be accurate. Unsure about the answer to a question? Check out our FAQ page.