If you’re living with depression, you may be unsure of where to turn. If you’re feeling alone and you don’t know where to start, you may realize it’s time to reach out for help. If this is the case, a depression hotline can be a useful resource.
Depression Hotline Number
If you’re looking for a depression hotline, consider one of the following hotline numbers:
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) HelpLine: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264)
Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255, option 1
National Hopeline Network, Suicide & Crisis Hotline: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)
When You Should Call
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 7.8% of American adults live with depression within a given year, and 5.3% have such significant depression that it results in severe impairment.
If feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness are beginning to interfere with daily functioning and you don’t know where to turn for help, it may be time to call a depression hotline. Similarly, if you notice a loved one struggling with depression symptoms, and you want to help, calling a depression hotline can be a good first step.
There are several common reasons people may contact a depression hotline, either on behalf of themselves or a friend or relative:
- To obtain general information about how depression is treated
- To talk to someone supportive who understands what the caller is going through
- To locate depression treatment options in their area, such as counseling or support groups
- To receive confidential help and support
- To get immediate help in an emergency, such as if you or a loved one is experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm as a result of depression symptoms
What Happens When You Call?
Most people want to know what they can expect when they call a depression hotline. In most cases, depression hotline calls are free and confidential, and the staff member taking the call will not know your name.
When you make a call to a depression hotline, the person on the other end of the line will likely ask some basic questions to understand why you’re calling. They may ask about your symptoms and what they can do to help. The trained staff member taking the call may provide emotional support or refer you to depression counselors in your area. To assess the situation, they may also ask some of the following questions:
- Where are you located?
- Are you safe?
- Are you having any thoughts of harming yourself or others?
While depression hotline calls are typically confidential, the person taking the call may need to collect additional information from you, such as your current location, in order to contact emergency personnel to intervene if you disclose that you’re having thoughts of taking your life, or otherwise seriously harming yourself or others.
Teen Depression Hotline
While teenagers are certainly welcome to call any of the general depression hotline numbers, there are some depression hotlines for teens that are especially sensitive to the struggles of this age group.
The numbers below can be helpful for teens who’d like to call a depression hotline:
- YouthLine: 1-877-968-8491
- Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000
- S.A.F.E. Alternatives Hotline: 1-800-366-8288
Depression Hotlines by State
National depression hotlines are an excellent resource, but it can be more efficient to call a mental health hotline in your state since national hotlines tend to be overwhelmed with more calls.
Each state hotline will vary in the services it can offer, but in general, state depression hotlines are able to provide resources for mental health conditions, including depression.
Alabama Department of Public Health
North Star Behavioral Health System
Mercy Care Crisis Services
Arkansas Crisis Center
Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Center
Colorado Crisis Services
United Way of Connecticut
United Way of Florida
211 in multiple counties
Fulton Emergency Mental Health
AMHD Crisis Line
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
United Way of Indiana
Great Rivers 211
Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness
Louisiana Association of United Ways
Maine Department of Health and Human Services
Mental Health Association Call Center
University of Michigan Health System
Minneapolis Hennepin County Medical Center
Mississippi Contact Helpline
Missouri Department of Mental Health
Suicide Prevention Hotline
Center Point Helpline
Nevada Crisis Call Center
New Hampshire HelpLine
Ocean Mental Health Services
NM Suicide Prevention Hotline
Capital District Psychiatric Center Crisis Unit
Mecklenburg County Crisis
FirstLink Crisis Services
Dayton Suicide Prevention Center
Heart Line / Care Line
National Suicide Prevention Line
Resolve Crisis Services
The Samaritans of Rhode Island
United Way Association of South Carolina
Northeastern Mental Health Center
Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line
Weber Human Services
Clara Martin Center
Wahkiakum County Health and Human
The Crisis Center of Family Services
Wyoming Behavioral Institute
Other National Hotlines
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, about half of people who live with mental illness will experience a substance use disorder at some point during their lives. Research also shows that psychiatric conditions, including depression, are common among individuals with eating disorders. Therefore, while general mental health hotlines are beneficial, it’s also crucial to have access to other, more specific hotlines that may be able to help with any co-occurring conditions, like:
- National Eating Disorders Association Hotline: 1-800-931-2237
- National Drug Helpline: 1-844-289-0879
- The Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
Depression and other national hotlines can be invaluable for people living with depression and related conditions. While these hotlines can be useful for obtaining information and connecting to resources, some people may prefer a self-help approach over calling a hotline.
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Medically Reviewed by – Dr. Angela Phillips
Angela is a licensed therapist and clinical researcher, and has worked in public, private, government, and not-for-profit organizations, across clinical and research-oriented roles. Angela’s clinical and research experience has included suicide prevention, cognitive behavioral… Read more.
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