Student Mental Health Resources

What is a Crisis? 

A crisis is any time in which you are feeling intense difficulty, trouble, or danger. You do not have to have any previous mental health issues or be suicidal to be in a crisis. If you are in a stressful situation that disrupts your everyday life, then that’s considered a crisis. There are many ways to deal with crises, one of which is calling or texting a crisis intervention hotline, in which you can speak anonymously to a trained professional who will help you through your crisis. Below, you will find some hotlines that you may speak through. 

General Hotlines 

If you are going through any crisis, feel free to call the numbers below. 

National Suicide Prevention Hotline

1- 800 - 273 - 8255

Girls and Boys Town

1 - 800 - 448 - 3000

Youth Crisis Hotline

1 - 800 - 448 - 4663

Teen Hope Line

1 - 800 - 394 - 4673

United Way Crisis Helpline

1 - 800 - 233 - 4357

Text Hotlines 

If you are going through a crisis and are uncomfortable with/unable to speak(ing) on call, follow the instructions for one of the text lines below. 

Crisis Text Line

Text START to 741 - 741

Youth Line

Text teen2teen to 839863


Text TEEN to 839863

Kids Help Phone

Text CONNECT to 686868


Text talk to 38255

LGBTQ+ Hotlines 

If you are going through a crisis specifically about being/possibly being LGBTQ+ and want to speak to someone who went through something similar, use the hotlines below.


1 - 800 - 398 - 4297

LGBT National Hotline

1 - 888 - 843 - 4564

Trans Lifeline

1 - 877 - 565 - 8860

The True Colors United

1- 212 - 461 - 4401

Additional Helplines: 

If you are going through a crisis about something specific in your life, please check for the numbers below. If none of these numbers deal with your specific issue, don’t worry. Refer back to the “General Hotlines” and “Text Hotlines” sections. 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Options for Deaf and Hard of Hearing)

Dial 711 then 1 - 800 - 273 - 8255

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1- 800 - 799 - 7233

National Sexual Assault Hotline

1 - 800 - 656 - 4673

Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

1- 800 - 422 - 4453

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline

1- 800 - 662 - 4357

Other Helpful Resources:

If you feel that you are not yet ready to speak to someone about your situation, please take a look at any of the self help resources available below. However, while these resources may be an alternative to speaking with a professional, they are not a replacement. Many times, the best way to help yourself is to let someone else help you. 

Infographic coping self care SC


How to cope with suicidal thoughts

Trauma infographic

How to cope with traumatic stress

Bullying: an Infographic

Dealing With Bullying

Taking Good Care of Yourself

NAMI Taking Charge

Navigating Mental Health Crisis Infographics

Signs of Abuse

Sexual Assault Survivor's Guide

Coming Out Handbook

*Special thanks to MD Cuenca, our MMCHS student publicist, for compiling these helpful student resources.