Crisis Text Line

Referrals

Our list of approved referrals that Crisis Counselors provide texters.

 
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Referrals

Our goal is to help texters move from hot moments to a cool calm. Sometimes, that means we give our texters a resource – like a breathing GIF to help them calm down or a link to help learn more about their symptoms.

It is super important to us to refer our texters to amazing referrals. So, we’ve put a lot of time and energy and love into thinking about how to do this.


 
 

DISCLAIMER

Being on our referral list is not an endorsement. Crisis Text Line is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of these referrals.

CRITERIA FOR REFERRALS

We value quality — so, we defined it. (Hard to appreciate what you can’t measure, right?) We assembled a committee of Crisis Counselors who defined specific criteria for referrals and then verified their compliance.

Crisis Text Line does not refer to…

  1. Entities or services that discriminate based on age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

  2. Independent private practitioners, including but not limited to: therapists, counselors, doctors, lawyers.

  3. Privately run and/or owned blogs or businesses.

  4. Entities or services that contain advertisements, are not free, or contain hidden services or subscription fees.


Name Description
Abuse
After Silence For: All Ages | Forum | Support | Not Mobile Friendly | Designed to help victims become survivors and promote recovery after sexual violence.
Center for Relationship Abuse Awareness For: Adults | Website | Informative | Provides information and resources about relationship abuse, barriers for leaving and safety planning tips.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline For: All Ages | Website | Informative and Support | Provides parents and teachers with resources, training and support to prevent child abuse.
National Children’s Advocacy Center For: All Ages | Website | Advocacy | Provides information and training for parents, kids, and professionals in order to prevent child abuse.
National Human Trafficking Hotline For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking.
RAINN For: All Ages | Website | Support and Informative | Information, resources and confidential hotline for sexual assault, abuse survivors and prevention.
Anxiety/Stress
Anxiety BC For: Teens | App | Coping Skill | Provides strategies to effectively manage anxiety.
Dartmouth Relaxation Downloads For: All Ages | Website | Coping Skill | Provides audio fliles for guided relaxation, meditation, mindfulness and imagery exercises.
MyNoise For: All Ages | Website | Coping Skill | Online customizable, programmable ambient noise generator with a variety of different soundscapes to aid in relaxation.
Pixel Thoughts For: All Ages | Interactive | Coping Skill | 60-second meditation tool to ease worries and release bothersome thoughts.
Quiet Kit For: All Ages | Website | Coping Skill | Provides easy guided meditations and breathing exercises for beginners.
School/Life Balance Tips For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Provides students with tips on balancing and prioritizing the demands of school, work, family and friends.
Stop, Breathe, Think For: All Ages | App | Coping Skill | Provides short activities to guide people through meditation for mindfulness and compassion.
Bullying
Cyber Civil Rights Initiative For: All Ages l Website l Support and Advocacy | Support victims of non-consensual pornography, revenge porn and other forms of online abuse.
Stomp Out Bullying For: Teens | Website | Informative & Advocacy | Provides information and advice for advocates and victims of bullying, cyberbullying, sexting and other forms of abuse.
Stop Bullying For: Kids & Teens | Website | Informative and Advocacy | Federal website with resources on bullying, cyberbullyingprevention, responses to bullying.
Without My Consent For: All Ages | Website | Advocacy | Shares resources and tips for victims experiencing onlince privacy violations and harassment.
Eating/Body Image
Eating Disorder Anonymous For: Adults & Teens | Forum | Support | Online and live communities who support each other in their struggle to recover from eating disorders.
MyPlate For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Provides nutrition education and online tools to create healthier lifestyle choices.
National Association of Anorexia Nervosa & Associated Disorders For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Supports and educates individuals struggling with eating disorders and their families.
Proud2Bme For: Teens | Forum | Support and Advocacy | Online community promoting positive body image and encouraging healthy attitudes about food and weight.
Recovery Record For: Adults & Teens | App | Interactive | Supports recovery and tracks progress for people with eating disorders.
Gender/Sexual Identity
It's Pronounced Metrosexual For: Adults & Teens | Website | Advocacy | Provides individuals, groups, schools, and advocates with resources about gender and sexuality.
National Center for Transgender Equality For: All Ages | Website | Advocacy | Provides information and multi-level resources about transgender people and the issues such as healthcare, homelessness and civil rights.
PFLAG For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Provides LGBTQ community and their loved ones with information, tools, resources, advocacy, education and support.
The Art of Self Love For: Adults & Teens | PDF | Support | Provides exercises for increased self-esteem, self-worth and ultimately self-love.
Trans Lifeline For: All Ages | Website | Service | Hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender and gender-questioning people experiencing a crisis.
Trevor Project For: Adults & Teens | Website | Support and Informative | Provides LGBTQ youth with resources and crisis intervention services.
Grief
Dougy Center For: All Ages | Website | Informative | Provides support in a safe place where children, teens, young adults, and their families grieving a death can share their experiences.
Moyer Foundation For: Adult & Kids | Website | Service | Provides comfort, hope and healing to children and families affected by grief, including Camp Erin for bereaved children and teens.
National Alliance for Grieving Children For: All Ages | Website | Informative | Provides information on supporting children through grief, including a national database of grief support programs, camps, and community resources.
The Compassionate Friends For: All Ages | Website | Informative | Provides support for bereaved parents, siblings, and grandparents who have lost a child at any age from any cause. Offers local and virtual chapter meetings.
Mental Health
Anxiety and Depression Association of America For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Promotes prevention, treatment and support for anxiety, depression and related disorders.
CBT Thought Record For: All Ages | PDF | Coping Skill | Worksheet to identify and correct maladaptive thoughts.
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance For: Adults & Teens | Website | Support | Provides support and education to improve the lives of people who have mood disorders.
Help Guide For: Adults | Website | Informative | Resources addressing symptoms and treatment of psychological, emotional and social health.
Shine For: All Ages | SMS | Coping Skill | Daily motivational text messages including quotes, research-backed articles and suggested coping skills.
Military
Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health & TBI Resource CatalogFor: All Ages | Website | Informative | Provides members of military and their families with psychological health resources, education, mobile applications and more.
Military Help LineFor: Adults | Website | Service | Dial (888) 457-4838 or text MIL1 to 839863 to receive 24/7 confidential crisis intervention focused on military-specific issues.
Military One SourceFor: Adults | Website | Service | Offers military families a wid range of support for many aspects of military life.
Military Spouse Advocacy NetworkFor: Adults | Website | Advocacy | Provides peer mentorship, resources and programs to overcome challenges facing military families.
T2HealthFor: Adults | App | Support | Assists with PTSD symptoms using self-assessment, symptom management, support and education.
US Department of Veterans Affairs For: Adults | Website | Informative | Connects veterans with various resources regarding healthcare, education, home loans and more.
Relationships
Dealing with relationship Break-upsFor: Teens | PDF | Informative | Addresses the challenges of relationship break-ups and provides ways to cope with those emotions.
Love Is Respect For: Adults & Teens | Website | Informative | Educates young people to prevent and end abusive relationships by offering support and resources.
MeetupFor: Adults & Teens | Interactive | Support | Find and connect with local groups of people who share common interests.
Surviving A Relationship Break-UpFor: Adults & Teens | PDF | List top 20 strategies to cope with a relationship break-up.
Self-Harm
Butterfly ProjectFor: Teens | Forum | Interactive | A peer-driven blog site for those who struggle with self-harm.
Calm Harm For: Teens | App | Service | Timed activities to help resist or manage self-harm urges with ability to log completed activities and tracks progress.
Cornell Research Program on Self-Injury and RecoveryFor: All Ages | PDF | Informative | Lists numerous distraction techniques and alternative coping skills for dealing with self-harm.
Hurt Yourself Less WorkbookFor: Adults & Teens | PDF | Support | A practical workbook providing tools to curb urges and support recovery for people who self-harm.
Insight TimerFor: For: All Ages | App | Coping Skill | Free guided meditations and ambient sounds with ability to connect with like-minded meditators.
To Write Love on Her ArmsFor: All Ages | Website | Support | Finds help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicidal thoughts..
Substance Use
Al-AnonFor: Adults & Teens | Website | Service | Helps family and friends recover from the effects of someone else's drinking through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
Alcoholics AnonymousFor: Adults | Website | Service | Recovery from alcohol addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
Nar-AnonFor: Adults | Website | Service | Helps family and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.
Narcotics AnonymousFor: Adults | Website | Service | Recovery from drug addiction through a 12-step program including regular attendance at group meetings.
National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence For: All Ages | Website | Informative | Supports recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction for individuals, families and communities.
Suicide
American Foundation for Suicide PreventionFor: All Ages | Website | Advocacy | Provides resources for suicide prevention, grief support and education for individuals struggling with suicidal thoughts/feelings.
Facebook: Reporting Suicidal ContentFor: All Ages | Website | Service | The “Report Suicidal Content” page on Facebook for third-party texters.
My 3 AppFor: Adults & Teens | App | Support | Helps create a safety plan for those experiencing suicidal thoughts, including who to contact.
National Suicide Prevention LifelineFor: All Ages | Website and Hotline | Service | Toll-free 24/7 confidential suicide prevention and crisis hotline.
The Buddy ProjectFor: Adults & Teens | Website | Support | Aims to prevent suicide and provide self-harm alternatives by pairing people through social media as buddies and raising awareness for mental health.
Universal
211For: Adults & Teens | Directory | Service | Connects users with local resources and assistance. Text zip code to 898211.
American Association of Poison Control CentersFor: All Ages | Website and Hotline| Service | Provides 24/7 confidential and expert medical advice for poisoning information and helps reduce costly hospital visits through in-home treatment.
Aunt BerthaFor: All Ages | Directory | Service | Connects users to free and reduced cost local resources such as medical care, food, housing, transportation and much more.
Breathing GifFor: All Ages | GIF | Coping Skill | Breathing exercise visual aid for anxiety or panic attacks.
54321 Grounding TechniqueFor: All Ages | PDF | Coping Skill | Five step grounding exercise.
InspireFor: Adults & Teens | Website | Forum | Anonymous online support groups that connects people who share similar hardships.
SuperBetter AppFor: All Ages l App l Coping Skill l Interactive games to help people recover from various conditions while offering self-care ideas.
TeenTribe Wellness CommunityFor: Teens l Website l Support l Online peer support group for teens facing mental health challenges and/or difficult family dynamics.
You Feel Like ShitFor: All Ages | Interactive | Support | Self-help web guide for people struggling with self care.
Your Life Your VoiceFor: Kids & Teens | Website | Service | Resources and 24/7 hotline for teen and young adults facing a variety of issues.