SUICIDE and VIOLENCE HELPLINES & WEBSITES:
The Trevor Project (GLBT Youth) - 1-866-4-U-TREVOR
Suicide Hotline (General) - 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)
National Crisis Helpline (General Crisis Help) - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
This is a short list, but The Trevor Project actually covers most any crisis issue related to GLBT youth, so it's kind of a catch-all. The other two are for back-up in case an adult wanders in who is suicidal or has some other serious problem that they need to talk to a counselor about.
RUNAWAY HELPLINES & WEBSITES:
National Runaway Switchboard - 1-800-RUNAWAY
The National Runaway Switchboard is a toll-free crises line operated by Chicago's Metro-Help. It operates twenty-four hours a day, year-long, and is designed to serve the needs of at-risk youth and their families. The phone lines are staffed by trained volunteers who use crisis intervention and active listening techniques to help callers identify their problems, explore options, and develop a plan of action. Their services are secular (non-religious), non-judgmental, and non-directive. Volunteers try to give callers factual information and confront irrationa l perceptions and solutions. They also offer message-relays (communication between runaways and parents without disclosing location of runaway) and referrals to over 8,000 social service agencies nationwide.
National Safe Place (for Teens) - WWW.NATIONALSAFEPLACE.ORG/TEENS
If you’re having trouble at home, at school, or can’t deal with a serious problem, Safe Place is a way to get help. Fast food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, libraries and even buses that display the Safe Place sign are places you can go to ask for the support you need. The people inside will know what to do to connect you to help. So, if you have a problem you can’t solve, look for our sign. Any time. Any day. Every day. Safe Place is here for you.
Covenant House"Nineline" - 1-800-999-999
Covenant House, one of the largest privately funded child care agencies in the country, provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care and counseling to 35,000 adolescents under the age of 21 each year. Founded in 1969 by a Catholic Priest, today Coven ant House has shelters in New York, Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Anchorage, and in three countries in Central America. The Nineline provides referrals and counseling for youth in need.
Boys Town Hotline - 1-800-448-3000
This hotline offers twenty-four hour short term youth and family crisis counseling geared towards problem-solving, dealing with issues including abuse, suicide, runaways, parenting, school problems, and drug and alcohol problems. Boys Town offers natio nwide referrals to a variety of social service agencies. Boys town also operates a broad range of programs, including several short and long-term residential facilities, and a national training center.
GLBT Youth can also always call The Trevor Project (1-866-4-U-TREVOR). They are not just a suicide hotline. They can help with all kinds of issues.
HELP AND RESOURCES ON CUTTING:
How to Stop Cutting Yourself
This is an excellent, comprehensive resource on cutting - what causes it and methods of stopping it.