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HotLines & Helplines-What You Need to Know

Have you ever felt that you need to talk to someone but you don’t know where to turn?  Did you ever think of calling a Crisis Hotline?  Maybe you don’t think you are in crisis.  You don’t want to ‘bother’ someone if it’s not really an emergency.  Maybe you’re embarrassed.  Right?  

You don’t need to be experiencing a crisis to contact a crisis hotline. At most of these hotlines, the volunteers and counselors who answer calls, texts and chat messages are trained to help someone in crisis. But you can also reach out if you’re feeling sad, anxious or stressed and don’t know where to turn. 

These hotlines also serve friends, family members and loved ones of someone who is experiencing a mental health crisis, domestic violence, abuse, addiction and many other issues. 

Even if someone at the crisis hotline cannot help you with your specific needs, they can point you to the right resources that can. No one will ever make you feel bad for trying to get help, and no concern is too trivial or small. If it feels hard for you to manage, it’s worth reaching out.

There is a list of phone numbers, text numbers, websites and more ways to contact someone for help on my Mental Health Help page HERE. Below are a few of those. 

The Suicide Prevention Hotline in the US, available 24/7, is 988.  If you have any problem with this #, please dial the old # 1-800-273-8255. 

Is talking to someone too much for you?  It was for me in the past.  There is a Crisis Text Line.  Text 741741 and you can text with a counselor.

Want to do an online chat?  There’s a site for that too.  Find it HERE.

You can even TWEET with a crisis counselor at @800273TALK on Twitter.

As always, thank you for joining me on this journey. Penny ❤


Penny Wilson is an international writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing and Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. Penny is an advocate for Mental Health Awareness and has the page "Mental Health Help" on her blog. She writes about the struggles of mental illnesses and Depression. She is passionate about spreading awareness for Suicide Prevention and Domestic Abuse. She expresses her passion through her writings of poetry and life experiences. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

13 thoughts on “HotLines & Helplines-What You Need to Know

  1. Aya here, from the joint blog.

    I am a former worker on the overnight Suicide Prevention Crisis Line and the training we received is from a Canadian-based organization:

    The program that helps us to help ourselves and help one another does ask for a small fee:

    I do not get commission. These resources are not just for suicide prevention.

    Take care everyone, and thank you Penny Wilson Writes for this post.



    1. Aya, Thank you so much for this information! I will add the information to my Mental Health Help page! I appreciate you passing this along to me. I looked at your WordPress blog and it looks like you do what you can, personally, to help people. Thank you for that and you take care of yourself. ❤

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      1. You’re welcome, Penny Wilson Writes. Thank you so much for sharing the information.

        Flounder and I are here if you or your readers have any questions about some of the workings of the programs, if it is the worth the investment, how to get involved with implementing the programs, etc.

        We do do what we can. Friendship is important for us all and Flounder and I just want to be public in our friendship to encourage others to lean on one another 🙂 It helps

        Thank you for sharing your writing with us all on WordPress and I appreciate your encouraging me to take care of myself. I wish for you to take care of yourself, too ❤


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