Taking that first step and picking up the phone can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever have to do — but you can do it!
Know that hotlines are not the same as psychotherapy.
Hotlines are not staffed or setup to talk to the same folks day after day about their concerns or needs.
Whether you’re in crisis or are just looking help for a friend or family member, there are dozens of organizations available to help you deal with a variety of immediate concerns, from crisis situations and domestic violence, to rape and substance abuse.
Most of these hotlines are available 24 hours a day, and can help you with whatever level of assistance you need — from general information about the topic, to helping you find an immediate intervention.