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Crisis Lines & Helpful Sites

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW IS IN
THE MIDDLE OF AN EMERGENCY, PLEASE CALL
911 OR THE SUICIDE & CRISIS LIFELINE AT 988.

Hotlines


The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

988

Chat line also available: https://988lifeline.org/chat/.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

The Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005, and has been proven to be effective. It’s the counselors at these local crisis centers who answer the contacts the Lifeline receives every day. Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor.


The ChildHelp National Child Abuse Hotline
 

1-800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453)

childhelp logo

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. It is primarily funded by individuals and companies like you, and has given assistance to more than 2 million help seekers. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All contacts are confidential.


Love is Respect
 

1-866-331-9474 | Text: LOVEIS to 22522

Love is respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.

A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 

1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678)

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline 

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline   

1-888-373-7888

The National Human Trafficking Hotline connects victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking with services and supports to get help and stay safe. The Trafficking Hotline also receives tips about potential situations of sex and labor trafficking and facilitates reporting that information to the appropriate authorities in certain cases. 

The toll-free phone and SMS text lines and live online chat function are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Help is available in English or Spanish, or in more than 200 additional languages through an on-call interpreter.

Hearing and speech-impaired individuals can contact the Trafficking Hotline by dialing 711, the free national access number that connects to Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS).

The National Human Trafficking Hotline serves all individuals who reach out for our services regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or any other factor protected by local, state, or federal law.

The National Human Trafficking Hotline is not a government entity. We are not law enforcement, immigration or an investigative agency. The Trafficking Hotline does not provide services directly to victims or survivors but rather connects them with vetted services and supports around the country. Correspondence with the Trafficking Hotline is confidential and you may request assistance or report a tip anonymously. Read more information on our confidentiality policy here.

Since 2007, the Trafficking Hotline has been operated by Polaris, a non-profit organization that is a leader in the fight to eradicate modern slavery and help survivors restore their freedom.  Funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other private donors and supporters.

Please note that Trafficking Hotline staff are focused on assisting victims and survivors and are not able to assist with student projects or respond to general inquiries at this time.

RAINN 

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

The Trevor Project

1-(866) 488-7386

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.

Websites

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline

Chat line also available: https://988lifeline.org/chat/.

The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in the United States. We’re committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.

988 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), and is now active across the United States.

When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are affecting them, provide support, and connect them to resources if necessary.

The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.

The Lifeline’s network of over 200 crisis centers has been in operation since 2005, and has been proven to be effective. It’s the counselors at these local crisis centers who answer the contacts the Lifeline receives every day. Numerous studies have shown that callers feel less suicidal, less depressed, less overwhelmed and more hopeful after speaking with a Lifeline counselor.

Brainspotting

Brainspotting locates points in the client’s visual field that help to access unprocessed trauma in the subcortical brain. Brainspotting (BSP) was discovered in 2003 by David Grand, Ph.D. Over 13,000 therapists have been trained in BSP (52 internationally), in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and Africa. Dr. Grand discovered that “Where you look affects how you feel.” It is the brain activity, especially in the subcortical brain that organizes itself around that eye position.

The BULLY Project

The BULLY Project is the social action campaign inspired by the award-winning film BULLY. We’ve sparked a national movement to stop bullying that is transforming kids’ lives and changing a culture of bullying into one of empathy and action.  The power of our work lies in the participation of individuals like you and the remarkable list of partners we’ve gathered who collectively work to create safe, caring, and respectful schools and communities. Our goal is to reach 10 million kids or more, causing a tipping point that ends bullying in America.

ChildHelp

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. It is primarily funded by individuals and companies like you, and has given assistance to more than 2 million help seekers. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages. The hotline offers crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. All contacts are confidential.

EMDR Institute, Inc.

The EMDR Institute™, founded by Dr Francine Shapiro in 1990, offers quality trainings in the EMDR™ therapy methodology, a treatment approach which has been empirically validated in over 30 randomized studies of trauma victims. An additional 25 studies have demonstrated positive effects for the eye movement component used in EMDR therapy.

Participants in the EMDR Institute Basic Trainings will have an opportunity to practice EMDR therapy in small groups with direct observation and constructive feedback from highly skilled EMDR Institute trained clinicians. These experiential trainings will consist of lecture, live and videotaped demonstrations and supervised practice. Participants will learn a broad spectrum of EMDR therapy applications sufficient to effectively treat the therapeutic needs of a wide range of clients and issues.

All EMDR Institute instructors have been personally trained and approved by Dr Shapiro.

EMDR International Association

The EMDR International Association (EMDRIA) is a 501(c) 6 non-profit professional association with more than 12,000 members, headquartered in Austin, Texas.
EMDRIA members are trained in EMDR therapy and seek the highest standards for the clinical use of EMDR. The organization provides online networking opportunities and Special Interest Groups for its members. EMDRIA publishes the award-winning flagship publication, Go With That magazine, quarterly with news and clinical information on EMDR therapy, and the quarterly peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of EMDR Practice and Research. EMDR therapy is an accepted psychotherapy by leading mental health organizations throughout the world for the treatment of a variety of symptoms and conditions.

Freedom of Mind

Steven Hassan is a licensed mental health professional, cult expert and undue influence expert with professional experience in the United States and abroad including consulting, coaching speaking, media appearances, activism, writing, researching, teaching, intervention and recovery services, and expert consulting and witness work to assist individuals and families with problems related to undue influence.

At the Freedom of Mind Resource Center we believe that everyone deserves the right to build their life free from undue influence.

We support those affected by undue influence by providing coaching and consulting services as well as training and educational resources for individuals, families and professionals. Our team uses the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), developed by founder Steven Hassan, an ethical, systems-oriented method to enable loved ones to help an individual regain their freedom of mind.

We also provide information to the media to help the public understand undue influence (mind control) in all of its forms including controlling people, cults, beliefs, estrangement, and parental alienation, so that everyone can have the tools and support they need to protect themselves from undue influence.

International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA)

Founded in 1979*, the International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA) is a global network of people concerned about psychological manipulation and abuse in cultic and other high-control environments. ICSA is tax-exempt, supports civil liberties, and is not affiliated with any religious or commercial organizations. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.

ICSA’s mission is to provide information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships.

* ICSA was founded as American Family Foundation. The name was changed in 2004 for a variety or reasons – see “name change” document.

Intervoice – The International Hearing Voices Network

Sharing knowledge related to hearing voices is an important means to connect people, ideas, and networks throughout the world. Intervoice promotes hopeful and diverse understandings and approaches. By sharing knowledge, we aim to help voice hearers, families, allies and professionals to become empowered to make their own choices.

In this website, you will find a growing library of articles, multimedia and ideas from around the world. We hope that you find something you connect with, or that helps provide a fresh angle on an aspect these experiences.

Lovefraud

Lovefraud.com: Teaching you to recognize and recover from everyday sociopaths.

Millions of people — approximately 12 percent of the population — spend their lives engaged in the exploitation and emotional manipulation of others. Lovefraud’s mission is to help you, and everyone, spot these everyday sociopaths — they’re not all serial killers — and get them out of your life.

Love is Respect

Love is respect is the national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.

A project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, love is respect offers 24/7 information, support, and advocacy to young people between the ages of 13 and 26 who have questions or concerns about their romantic relationships. We also provide support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, and other service providers through the same free and confidential services via phone, text, and live chat.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation whose mission is to help find missing children, reduce child sexual exploitation, and prevent child victimization. NCMEC works with families, victims, private industry, law enforcement, and the public to assist with preventing child abductions, recovering missing children, and providing services to deter and combat child sexual exploitation.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline

24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides essential tools and support to help survivors of domestic violence so they can live their lives free of abuse.

Contacts to The Hotline can expect highly-trained, expert advocates to offer free, confidential, and compassionate support, crisis intervention information, education, and referral services in over 200 languages.

NO MORE

NO MORE is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action and fueling culture change.

Peter A. Levine, PhD: The Developer of Somatic Experiencing

Founded in 1972 by Dr. Peter A Levine, the Ergos Institute of Somatic Education (Ergos Institute, Inc) is dedicated to advancing Somatic Experiencing® principles. Based in Encinitas, CA, we are a leader in international programs, both in-person and online, designed to help trauma and stress disorder sufferers embrace their authentic selves with a greater capacity for joy and resilience.

Ergos offers Master Classes and Case Consultations for SE students, Community Health SE™ programs, public workshops, various online programming, and participates in psychotherapy conferences and webinars internationally. 

Dr. Levine is the President and Lead Faculty member teaching SE Master Classes, SE Case Consultations, and public outreach programming. He is accompanied by an esteemed Faculty and a host of dedicated SE Practitioner Assistants. 

We provide CE Credits for most of our programs and SE Case Consultation credits towards the Somatic Experiencing Practitioner Certificate honored by SEI

Our specialized SE Master Classes, Case Consultations, and public programming, both online and in-person, are focused on specialized SE topics and post-advanced study of the SE training that our sister organization, SEI provides. We honor their membership benefits, enjoy collaborating with them on projects, and we strive to support their training programs in any way we can. 

Peter A Levine, PhD
Developer of Somatic Experiencing®
Founder and Faculty, Ergos Institute of Somatic Education
Founder and Advisor, Somatic Experiencing Institute

Senior Clinical Fellow and Advisor, The Meadows Addiction Treatment Center

Polaris

Polaris is leading a data-driven social justice movement to fight sex and labor trafficking at the massive scale of the problem – 27.6 million people worldwide deprived of the freedom to choose how they live and work. For more than a decade, Polaris has assisted thousands of victims and survivors through the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline, helped ensure countless traffickers were held accountable and built the largest known U.S. data set on actual trafficking experiences. With the guidance of survivors, we use that data to improve the way trafficking is identified, how victims and survivors are assisted, and how communities, businesses and governments can prevent human trafficking by transforming the underlying inequities and oppressions that make it possible.

RAINN

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE) in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help survivors, and ensure that perpetrators are brought to justice.

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute

Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) is a professional educational organization that designs and provides the highest-level trainings and services to serve a global network of mental health practitioners*, and for the public at large. Seeking to enhance human relationships, our paradigm is substantiated by interpersonal neurobiology and impelled by mindfulness applied in interactive contexts.

*SPI is neither a regulatory nor licensing organization and therefore not sanctioned to certify, license, or otherwise bestow the legal authorization to practice as a mental health professional.

S.E.S.A.M.E.

S.E.S.A.M.E. is the leading national voice for the prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment of students by teachers and other school staff. Ending the practice of “passing the trash,” a phenomenon where educators investigated for abuse are able to resign and get a new job at a new school, is S.E.S.A.M.E.’s top priority for ending abuse in schools.

Trauma Made Simple: The Official Book Website

This website is dedicated to bringing you resources on trauma and recovery referenced in the bookTrauma and the 12 Steps: An Inclusive Guide to Enhancing Recovery (Revised and Expanded Edition, July 2020) and Trauma Made Simple: Competencies in Assessment, Treatment, and Working with Survivors (2014) by Dr. Jamie Marich. Both books are informed by Dr. Jamie’s work as a humanitarian aid worker in post-war Bosnia-Hercegovina, her clinical experience working with trauma and addiction, and her vast insights gained from training clinicians in the field. Click HERE to access the latest press on the updated release of Trauma and the 12 Steps. You can also learn about earning CE credits for reading the book by clicking HERE.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning) young people.