Symptoms of depression can pop up at the most inconvenient times. When your friends are asleep, your therapist is out of the office or your significant other is at work, it can be hard to know where to turn.

Even if you have never considered it, a depression hotline could be a useful resource. Available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, depression helplines are a useful tool for your coping skill toolbox.

Article at a Glance:  

  • Depression can strike at inconvenient times when you don’t have someone available to talk to.  
  • There are depression hotlines that offer 24/7 depression coping assistance.  
  • Consider calling a depression hotline if you have severe symptoms, don’t have in-person support, when you need feedback from an unbiased person or if other coping strategies aren’t working.  
  • Depression hotlines are free and confidential. 
  • The Recovery Village provides lists of phone-based, text-based, youth-specific, national and local hotline resources on our website.

When Should You Call a Depression Hotline?

Calling a depression hotline is not an appropriate fit for every situation, so you’ll need to know when and when not to call. Good times to call a depression hotline include:

  • When your symptoms are severe
  • When your other supports are unavailable
  • When you need feedback from an unbiased person
  • When your other coping skills don’t seem to be helping

If you are having a mental health crisis, calling a depression hotline could offer the assistance and guidance you need.

Related: Getting Support for Addiction & Mental Health with Teletherapy

What Kinds of Questions Will You Be Asked?

Each call to a depression helpline will differ depending on who answers the phone and what symptoms you experience. One constant will be the questions asked by the person on the other end of the phone, which may include any of the following:

  • What’s going on?
  • How are you feeling?
  • Are you safe?
  • Are you thinking about hurting yourself or someone else?
  • What do you need?

Some questions may seem odd or unimportant, but the helpline operator needs honest answers to gather information about your situation. Being open and thorough in your answers increases your chances of receiving the most helpful aid possible.

Benefits of Calling a Depression Hotline

One call to a depression hotline could offer several benefits by:

  • Giving you an opportunity to talk about your symptoms
  • Providing support
  • Allowing you to focus on healthy coping skills
  • Helping you access resources available in your community
  • Making it easier to schedule appointments with mental health professionals
  • Evaluating if emergency services are needed
  • Sending a crisis team to your house if necessary

Are Depression Hotlines Free?

Another benefit of depression hotlines is that they are free. Most hotlines receive some source of outside funding to provide these services without any cost to you. However, be sure not to confuse depression hotlines with online therapy options that charge a weekly or monthly fee to speak with a professional.

Is My Call Confidential?

Most depression helplines protect your privacy. Helpline operators will not have access to your address or even your name unless you want them to. You will almost always remain anonymous.

The only time a hotline may break your confidentiality is to protect you or someone you know against the threat of suicide or violence. In these situations, the other person may contact law enforcement to maintain safety.

National Depression Hotlines

There are a variety of depression hotline numbers available to anyone across the country who is in need. Examples include:

  • Online Hotlines

    If you feel more comfortable using a text-based hotline for support, you are in luck. Several options exist so you can chat or text with a depression hotline, such as:

  • Youth Hotlines

    To contact a depression hotline geared toward young people, consider reaching out to:

  • Depression Hotline Finder

    For those interested in setting up face-to-face meetings with a mental health professional, hotlines can help by connecting you to treatment providers in your area. For example, SAMHSA offers a behavioral health treatment services locator with complete listings of facilities and treatment centers across the country. Simply enter your zip code to find available options, then click in the upper right-hand corner to refine your search.

Local Depression Hotlines

National hotlines offer tremendous services, but sometimes you might feel better understood by a depression hotline staffed by locals. Fortunately, all states and many counties have crisis hotlines to assess and address your needs:

  • Browse Local Hotlines By State

    Alabama

    Alabama Department of Public Health

    1-800-691-8426

    Alaska

    North Star Behavioral Health System

    1-800-478-7575

    Arizona

    Mercy Care Crisis Services

    1-800-631-1314

    Arkansas

    Arkansas Crisis Center

    1-888-274-7472

    California

    Los Angeles County Suicide Prevention Center

    1-877-727-4747

    Colorado

    Colorado Crisis Services

    1-844-493-8255

    Connecticut

    United Way of Connecticut

    211

    Delaware

    Contact Lifeline

    1-800-262-9800

    Florida

    United Way of Florida

    211 in multiple counties

    Georgia

    Fulton Emergency Mental Health

    1-404-730-1600

    Hawaii

    AMHD Crisis Line

    1-800-753-6879

    Idaho

    Idaho Department of Health and Welfare

    1-888-573-7652

    Illinois

    InTouch Hotline

    1-312-996-5535

    Indiana

    United Way of Indiana

    211

    Iowa

    Great Rivers 211

    1-800-362-8255

    Kansas

    Crosswinds Counseling and Wellness

    1-866-330-3310

    Kentucky

    Pathways Inc.

    1-800-562-8909

    Louisiana

    Louisiana Association of United Ways

    211

    Maine

    Maine Department of Health and Human Services

    1-888-568-1112

    Maryland

    Mental Health Association Call Center

    1-301-662-2255

    Massachusetts

    Samaritans-Suicide Prevention

    1-617-247-0220

    Michigan

    University of Michigan Health System

    1-734-936-5900

    Minnesota

    Minneapolis Hennepin County Medical Center

    1-612-873-2222

    Mississippi

    Mississippi Contact Helpline

    1-662-328-0200

    Missouri

    Missouri Department of Mental Health

    1-800-356-5395

    Montana

    Suicide Prevention Hotline

    1-800-273-8255

    Nebraska

    Center Point Helpline

    1-402-475-6695

    Nevada

    Nevada Crisis Call Center

    1-775-784-8090

    New Hampshire

    New Hampshire HelpLine

    1-800-852-3388

    New Jersey

    Ocean Mental Health Services

    1-732-240-6100

    New Mexico

    NM Suicide Prevention Hotline

    1-866-435-7166

    New York

    Capital District Psychiatric Center Crisis Unit

    1-518-447-9650

    North Carolina

    Mecklenburg County Crisis

    1-704-566-3410

    North Dakota

    FirstLink Crisis Services

    1-701-235-7335

    Ohio

    Dayton Suicide Prevention Center

    1-937-229-7777

    Oklahoma

    Heart Line/ Care Line

    1-405-848-2273

    Oregon

    National Suicide Prevention Line

    1-800-273-8255

    Pennsylvania

    Resolve Crisis Services

    1-888-796-8226

    Rhode Island

    The Samaritans of Rhode Island

    1-401-272-4044

    South Carolina

    United Way Association of South Carolina

    211

    South Dakota

    Northeastern Mental Health Center

    1-605-229-1000

    Tennessee

    Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line

    1-855-274-7471

    Texas

    Hope Line

    1-325-677-7773

    Utah

    Weber Human Services

    1-801-625-3700

    Vermont

    Clara Martin Center

    1-800-639-6360

    Virginia

    Crisis Link

    1-703-527-4077

    Washington

    Wahkiakum County Health and Human

    1-800-635-5989

    West Virginia

    Help4WV

    1-844-435-7498

    Wisconsin

    The Crisis Center of Family Services

    1-920-436-8888

    Wyoming

    Wyoming Behavioral Institute

    1-800-457-9312

If you still need more help addressing your depression linked to a problem with substance use, consider teletherapy or contact The Recovery Village to learn about treatment options for co-occurring disorders.

If you’re looking for healthy ways to manage depression, the Nobu app can help. It is free and for anyone that is looking to reduce anxiety, work through depression, build self-esteem, get aftercare following treatment, attend teletherapy sessions and so much more. Download the Nobu app today!

  • Sources

    USA Today. “What Actually Happens When You Call You Call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline.” September 10, 2018. Accessed on February 25, 2019.

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