Many people with depression isolate themselves from those they love and others who may want to help. Isolation can make symptoms seem worse. A depression crisis can be scary and overwhelming, not only for the individual but also for loved ones who often don’t know what to do or what to say. In those moments, it’s hard to know where to start. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255 (TALK)

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline offers free and confidential support to those in immediate emotional distress. The hotline provides suicide prevention resources as well as access to local crisis centers. You don’t have to be actively thinking about suicide to use this service — anyone in emotional distress can call and use their services.

SAMHSA: 800-662-4357 (HELP)

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) highlights behavioral health impacts, like substance use and mental health conditions, in communities across the country. SAMHSA provides a confidential connection to substance use treatment facilities and behavioral health treatment service locators to make access to support easier.

You can also visit the online treatment locator to find treatment near you. SAMHSA also offers hearing impaired services at 800-487-4889.

Friendship Line: 800-971-0016

As the only hotline targeted toward people 60 years old and older and adults with disabilities, the Institute on Aging’s Friendship Line offers emotional support and suicide intervention. The Friendship Line is both a crisis intervention hotline and a warmline for non-emergency emotional support calls. Friendship Line provides round-the-clock crisis support services including:

  • Providing emotional support
  • Elder abuse reporting
  • Well-being checks
  • Grief support through assistance and reassurance
  • Active suicide intervention
  • Information and referrals for isolated older adults, and adults living with disabilities

Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 (press 1) or Text 838255

Trained professionals from the Department of Veterans Affairs provide free and confidential support services to veterans in crisis. Support is available to all veterans, service members, and National Guard and Reserve. Friends and family of veterans are also able to get emotional support and resources through the hotline’s crisis responders.

Online Therapy and Hotlines

Online hotlines provide quick and easy, around-the-clock access to mental health professionals and trained volunteers ready to engage, support, and guide individuals in crisis.