Hotlines & Resources

We provide a list of hotlines as a convenience to those seeking immediate help. We do not run any of these hotlines – please see our Disclaimers.

If you are in crisis, call your doctor, or 988 for the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline to talk with a skilled counselor at a crisis center in your area, any time. They also offer a confidential online chat click here. For other emergencies, call 911. If you’re located outside the U.S., call your local emergency number – find it here.

Addiction Resources for Families

Al‑Anon / Alateen a mutual support program for people whose lives have been affected by someone else’s drinking. Alateen is part of the Al-Anon Family Groups, a fellowship of teens.

Center for Motivation and Change Their The Invitation to Change Approach® draws from CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Therapy), MI (Motivational Interviewing), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) to empower loved ones with a new understanding of substance use.

Families Anonymous “a 12 step fellowship for the families and friends of those individuals with drug, alcohol or related behavioral issues.”

Herren Project prevention and wellness initiatives for schools, families, and communities to prevent the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Their family support services empower family members to best care for themselves and navigate their loved one’s addiction so they can begin to heal and rebuild the family.

Nar-Anon / Narateen A 12-step program for family & friends of addicts. Narateen is part of the Nar-Anon program for teens affected by someone else’s addiction.

SAMHSA Resources for Families Coping with Mental and Substance Use Disorders

SMART Recovery effective, easy-to-learn tools to help Family & Friends better cope with their loved one’s addictions and regain their peace of mind. Their methods are based on SMART Recovery tools and CRAFT Therapy (Community Reinforcement & Family Training).


CDC AIDS Information website

AIDS Info: Treatment, Prevention and Research
(800) HIV-0440


Al-Anon for Families of Alcoholics
Automated meeting information
(800) 344-2666

Families Anonymous – 12-step program similar to Al-Anon, meeting information only
(800) 736-9805

SAMHSA National Helpline
800-662-HELP (4357)

Alzheimer’s / Dementia

Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline (800) 272-3900
“Whether you provide daily caregiving, participate in decision making, or simply care about a person with the disease — we have resources to help.”

Alzheimer’s Foundation of America National Toll-Free Helpline: 866-232-8484
“a resource for caregivers and a place they can turn to for help, guidance and support in their time of need.”

National Institute on Aging Getting help with Alzheimer’s caregiving

Cancer Support for Families

American Cancer Society 24/7 Cancer Helpline 1-800-227-2345
Caregivers and Family. A cancer diagnosis also affects close friends and family. Learn what to expect when you’re a caregiver, and how to take care of yourself as well.

Bright Spot Network serves families where a parent, or primary caregiver, of a preschool-age kid (ages 0-6 or pregnant at the time of diagnosis) has cancer.

CancerCare provides free, professional support services, information and additional resources for caregivers and loved ones.

Cancer Hope Network provides free 1:1 emotional peer support for adult cancer patients and their loved ones.

Caring Men is dedicated to providing an education and support system for men looking to become caregivers for someone with cancer who is in their family.

Pet Assistance & Wellness (PAW) Program Caring for yourself and your pet when you have cancer.

Child Abuse

California Child Protection Hotline
Within CA only: (800) 540-4000

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline
(800) 422-4453

Covenant House – Help for runaways
(800) 999-9999

Crisis & Suicide

Girls & Boys Town National Hotline
(800) 448-3000

International Suicide Hotlines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – For youth and adults

Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline
(800) 799-7233

Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
(800) 656-HOPE

Eating Disorders

National Eating Disorders Center Helpline
(800) 931-2237
Open M-F, 9-9 pm

Elder Abuse

Elder Abuse within Families – resources and information for individuals who need support caring for an older family member, who are being mistreated by a family member, and who witness elder abuse within a family.

National Center on Elder Abuse – “information [on] research, training, best practices, news and resources on elder abuse, neglect and exploitation to professionals and the public…established by the U.S. Administration on Aging (AoA) in 1988 as a national elder abuse resource center, the NCEA was granted a permanent home at AoA in…1992.”

National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse – “research, advocacy, public awareness, and training regarding the abuse and neglect of older persons and disabled adults. The organization publishes the Journal of Elder Abuse & Neglect and NEXUS.”

If living in a care facility for the Long-Term, call  Care Ombudsman CRISIS Line.
(800) 231-4024

If living at home – call Adult Protective Services in your area.


AARP’s Fraud Watch Helpline
(877) 908-3360


PFLAG “dedicated to supporting, educating, and advocating for LGBTQ+ people and their families.”

LGBT National ​Hotline
(888) 843-4564

The Trevor Project for LGBT youth
(866) 488-7386

(877) 565-8860


American Association of Poison Control Centers
(800) 222-1222


Planned Parenthood Hotline
(800) 230-PLAN (7526)

Rape & Sexual Assault

Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)
(800) 656-HOPE

National Domestic Violence Hotline / Child Abuse / Sexual Abuse
(800) 799-7233

Running Away

National Runaway Safeline

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
(800) 843-5678

Child Find of America Helpline
(800) 426-5678

Substance Abuse

SAMHSA’s National Helpline
(800) 662-4357

Poison Control
(800) 222-1222

National Institute on Drug Abuse Hotline
(800) 662-4357

Cocaine Anonymous
(800) 347-8998


U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
If you or someone you know is at risk of suicide, call 988, text 988, or Click Here to Chat. Additional resources can be found at


Veterans Crisis Line
Call 988 press 1, or text 838255. To chat, click here.


Disaster Distress Hotline (SAMHSA)
(800) 985-5990

Shoplifters Anonymous
(800) 848-9595
Open M-F, 9-5pm; otherwise use their website

YouthLine (Teens helping teens)
(877) 968-8491
Text TEEN2TEEN to 839863