But what about when you want to talk to someone now and no one’s online?
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 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.
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.
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.
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 is a service for people in Australia during the COVID pandemic. You can sign up online (or by calling 0492 837 888 or emailing [email protected]). They’ll match you with a student volunteer and schedule a time for ongoing support.