But what about when you want to talk to someone now and no one’s online?
Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is free, 24/7 emotional support for those in crisis. They provide unbiased support and are LGBTQ+ inclusive. Their volunteers speak English and Spanish.
- In the US & Canada, text HOME to 741-741
- In the UK, text SHOUT to 85258
- In Ireland, text HOME to 50808
- They’re also on WhatsApp
7 Cups of Tea
7 Cups connects people to trained volunteer listeners through their website. Everything you say is anonymous and confidential. They aim to help people develop problem solving skills to get through tough times. They also have group supports and community forums.
You can get support through the Samaritans in the UK through a phone call, email, or letter. In the US you can call (877) 870-4673) or text.
Trained volunteer listeners provide free emotional support online through Buddy Help.
Remedy Live offers faith based online chat with a SoulMedic. You can also text 494949 from the US.
The Hope Line
If you’re struggling with a problem and need someone to talk to, you can talk to a Hope Coach over chat, on the phone, or over email. They focus on providing support and advice to young adults. They will offer to pray for you and have a prayer list.
- NYC Well Chat: offers chats with peers and counselors
- UK helplines
- International Council for Helplines listings
If it’s not an emergency
Some programs aren’t immediate. You can sign up and someone will call you to follow up.
Carers UK Listening Support Service
The Listening Support Service offered by Carers UK offers a series of four 30 minute calls with volunteers trained to provide emotional support and referrals.
Conversation in Isolation
Conversation in Isolation is a service for people in Australia during the COVID pandemic. You can sign up online (or by calling 0492 837 888 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). They’ll match you with a student volunteer and schedule a time for ongoing support.
My dad he is very sick he has a mental illness and he also has anger issues he will get angry at you just like that and then all the sudden he will decide to start swearing at you.
The hope line takes way too long to start a chat. I’ve been waiting for longer than 7 minutes and I’m number 1 in the queue. I closed the window because at this point it’s not working.
There’s not a person alive that knows me. I made a big mistake and it’s haunted me for the past 20 years. I have turned in to a recluse and can’t find anyone to talk to. I can’t believe this site is not active with 3+ year old comments! This is a shame and should not remain as a “help” site! DAMMIT WTF
We get dozens of posts and comments a day in our private groups. Having public forums was no longer viable, for a number of reasons. This is a peer organization. If you’d like to talk to someone who’s trained to support you and available 24/7, you should use one of the resources listed above.
I am having issues for years now but the past two have been the worst I am so lost it’s hard to explain but want to so I can get on a path of life again please I need listeners and opinions I am depressed and have no one it seems like right now thanks so much Nicole Buchanan
Everyone has bad days and if they can vent on this site it helps. Because only people in the same situation can relate to what you go thru.
How sad that someone would slam another.
Keep a journal, it won’t judge you. I’m so sick of being seen as an evil person because I have the audacity to complain about situations. I must be a terrible person because I’m having a hard time care taking. I have raised eight children and taking care of a person with an illness is nothing like that. I am basically watching my parent turn into a child, Its mentally and physically exhausting.