Resources to Support Youth in Crisis



Call 911 if you or a friend are having a life-threatening emergency of any type, including a drug overdose.


Crisis Text Line
Text HOME To 741741
(free 24/7)

(Crisis Text Line provides free, 24/7 support via text message. We’re here for everything: anxiety, depression, suicide, school.)

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(If you or someone you know is thinking about self-harm or suicide.)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
(Hours: Available 24 hours. Languages: English, Spanish. Learn more.)

Suicide Prevention Center of New York
1-800-273-TALK (8255) or text Got5 to 741741
(Need Help Now? Call NYS Office of Mental Health’s suicide prevention center website provides an overview of suicide prevention information, local prevention and postvention programs and initiatives, and upcoming training programs across New York.)

OK2Talk (Tumblr)

(NAMI’s goal with OK2TALK is to provide a community for teens and young adults struggling with mental health problems where they can talk about what they are experiencing by sharing their stories of recovery, tragedy, struggle or hope as well as creative content like poetry, inspirational quotes, photos, videos, songs, messages of support, etc. in a safe, moderated space.)

The Safe Place hotline
(if you need help with bullying, suicidal thoughts, homelessness, abuse, or neglect.)

The Trevor Project hotline
(or visit The Trevor Project website if you need LGBTQ+ support or suicide prevention assistance related to gender identity, transgender issues, or sexuality.)

The National Runaway Switchboard
(for referrals to hospitals, soup kitchens, drug abuse centers, S.T.I./H.I.V. information, and testing facilities, and free bus tickets home.)

The National Sexual Assault Hotline
(for confidential crisis support related to rape, sexual assault, sexual violence, and incest.)

Planned Parenthood

((business hours only) for information about birth control, the morning-after pill, reproductive health, relationship safety, sexually transmitted infections, pregnancy, and abortions.)

The SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) Hotline

r referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations that can help with addiction and other substance abuse disorders.)

Homeless Youth


The Covenant House

Streetwork Project (Safe Horizon)
(Our hotline for homeless youth connects young people under age 25 to our Streetwork Project.
Hours of operation: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)

Street Outreach Options

Downtown Outreach
646-342-9861 (Brooklyn, Manhattan below 59th Street and Staten Island)

Uptown Outreach
917-804-9758 (the Bronx, Manhattan above 59th Street, and Queens)

Safe Harbor Outreach
(For sexually exploited or trafficked youth – Free services for children and youth up to age 24 include legal, medical, and psychiatric services, help in obtaining identification, housing, hot meals, showers, clothing, and the opportunity to socialize in a safe, non-judgmental and supportive setting.)

The Center 
(Virtual Hours.  Mon-Fri9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Empowering LGBT people, building a strong community. New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center empowers people to lead healthy, successful lives. The Center celebrates diversity and advocates for justice and opportunity. They offer addiction and recovery services, HIV screening and education, advocacy, and opportunities for artistic collaboration and expression.)

A Caring Hand, The Billy Esposito Foundation Bereavement Center
Free bereavement services for children and teenagers aged 4-18 and their primary caregivers including a 10-week peer group for children, teens, and caregivers; grief and bereavement consultation for professionals, schools, and businesses.)

Coalition for the Homeless
212-776-2000  Facsimile: 212-964-1303     Email:
(Programs for homeless men, women, and children including crisis intervention, housing, youth services, and job training.)

The Door
(For information about getting connected to any of The Door’s services, you can text us at 646-392-8563 or email resources@door.orgThe Door serves nearly 11,000 young people from all over New York City. Their wide range of services include reproductive health care and education, mental health counseling and crisis assistance, legal assistance, GED and ESOL classes, tutoring and homework help, college preparation services, career development, job training and placement, supportive housing, sports, and recreational activities, arts, and nutritious meals – all for free, completely confidentially, and under one roof.)

The Trevor Project 
1-866-488-7386   Text
(Need help? We are here for you 24/7. If you are thinking about suicide and in need of immediate support, please call the TrevorLifeline or select TrevorChat below to connect with a counselor. The Trevor Project is the premier organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens and young adults. It is based in NYC.)

Emma’s Place Staten Island 
(Emma’s Place is a not-for-profit organization of care-giving professionals and volunteers committed to supporting grieving children and families year-round.)

Brooklyn Community Pride Center
(The Brooklyn Community Pride Center provides services and support to the borough’s LGBTQ+ community through original programming and partnerships with other organizations. Serving people across the age spectrum, the Brooklyn Community Pride Center enables our community to actively participate in positive, life-affirming activities. They offer a distinctive choice for residents of New York City’s largest borough to celebrate, heal, learn, create, organize, relax, socialize, and play.)

Department of Homeless Services 
CALL 311
(Collaborating with other public agencies and nonprofit partners, DHS works to prevent homelessness before it occurs, reduce street homelessness, and assist New Yorkers in transitioning from a shelter into permanent housing. Furthermore, DHS remains committed to meeting its legal mandate to provide temporary emergency shelter to those experiencing homelessness in a safe and respectful environment.)