Youth and Teens: Looking for help?

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If you or someone you know are struggling with where to go, how to survive, or how to get home help is available –

Need to talk?

The National Runaway Safeline is available online, by text (66008), or by calling 1-800-RUNAWAY. They’re trained to listen and answers questions without judgement 24/7.

More national hotlines are listed below.

Young and homeless?

Ever in foster care? Read more about the specialized supports that might be available for you.

Looking for a place to go?

Below is a map with certified programs available to help youth who need a place to stay. Select the highlighted county closest to you from the map or the dropdown. You can check out the websites of the programs nearby or call the emergency number listed for the program. Someone will answer 24/7.

To learn about the programs that operate in a specific county, please use the drop down menu to select a county. You can check out the websites of the programs nearby or call the emergency number listed for the program. Someone will answer 24/7. Whether or not they have certified programs, all counties have contact information on local services.

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Looking for something else?

Below is a list of hotlines, available to provide free, nonjudgmental, confidential support to young people 24/7/365 (unless noted).

Al-Anon/Alateen Hotline

Call: 800-344-2666


Help for teens who struggle with substance use themselves or love someone who uses.

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Call: 888-373-7888

Text: HELP or INFO to BEFREE (233733)


Crisis response and information about services for survivors of sex and labor trafficking.

National Runaway Safeline

Call: 1-800-RUNAWAY (800-786-2929)

Text: 66008


Someone to listen if you’re thinking about running away or already have.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call: 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255)


For anyone thinking about suicide, or worried about someone who might be thinking about suicide.

National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline

Call: 866-331-9474


Speak with advocates trained in domestic violence; speak or chat online with peer advocates from 4 p.m. to midnight.

Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN)

Call: 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)


A listening ear from local sexual assault service providers.

Teen Line

Call: 310-855-HOPE (every day, 9 to midnight)

Text: TEEN to 839863 (every day, 9 to midnight)

Message Board:


Teens helping teens talk through the tough stuff.

The Trevor Helpline

Call: 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)

Text: START to 678678 (Monday – Friday, 3:00-10:00pm)


Crisis support and suicide prevention for LGBTQ+ youth.

Your Life Your Voice

Call: 800-448-3000

Text: VOICE to 20121 (every day, noon to midnight)


Someone to listen, no matter what the challenge (bullying, suicidal thoughts, a breakup, or anything else.)