Emergency/Resources Hotlines in the U.S.

1. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/National Crisis Hotline (800) 273-8255

The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline/National Crisis Hotline isn’t just for individuals contemplating suicide. A voice prompt will identify the call made to a suicide prevention hotline. However, don’t be alarmed. This hotline is there to support anyone experiencing any emotional crisis.

2. SAMHSA (800) 662-4357

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration offers free access to mental health crises intervention services 24/7. Although SAMSHA doesn’t directly provide crisis intervention counseling, they offer year-round mental health crisis support by connecting bereaved individuals to appropriate national hotlines, grief counseling service providers, and other local grief-related and trauma-related.

3. Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741-741 in the U.S.

Trained crisis intervention counselors operate this crisis text line 24/7. Anyone who finds themselves in crisis can text this number and receive the help they need via text chat. The service is genuinely unlimited to any problem or emergency, and it aims to help suffering individuals get through their immediate hardship.

How to Find a Local or Statewide Grief Support Helpline or Hotline

Getting the grief support you need when you need it is crucial to getting through a time of crisis. There are many grief-specific local and statewide resources you can reach out to if you’re facing distress. As with any crisis intervention, you should seek out the places you can turn to for help before you need it. Preparation helps calm your fears and anxieties about what to do should intervention become necessary. When you’re struggling with your feelings and emotions, it becomes more challenging to think straight, making it difficult to know where to turn to for help.

– Search online One of the first places you can start your search is conducting an online investigation for grief support helplines or hotlines in your local area. You’ll find that the top search results yield the national crisis intervention hotlines followed by more localized services. Another thing you might discover is that there’s a breakdown of services by affliction or category. Most hotlines search results come up with suicide prevention hotlines and expand from there. When looking for local and state-specific services, make sure to add your location or geographical area to your search query.

– Call your local hospice provider Hospice providers usually have grief support helplines available to help those suffering through a grief-related crisis. Many, however, aren’t open 24/7, and you’ll either have to wait to connect with someone during regular business hours or reach out to them ahead of time in preparation for such an event. Hospice typically has a list of grief counselors they can refer you to if they don’t offer in-house counseling services. The service is usually accessible to anyone in the community they serve or to their client’s extended family struggling with grief related to their loved one’s illness, anticipated death, or post-loss.

– Tap into V.A. Services For veterans of U.S. military service and their family members, the Veterans Affairs Hospital (V.A.) offers resources specific to those who’ve served the country in active or reserve duty. Your local V.A. hospital, where available, has grief counselors as well as helplines to assess and intervene when emotional and psychological crises arise. Their bereavement crisis intervention is made available to the family of service members who’ve died in the line of duty or service to their country. They also offer free individual and group mental health counseling for other grief- and trauma-related losses.

– Check Your Local University Many universities offer free or reduced-cost grief-related support services to their students and members of their communities. Most veterinary schools provide bereavement support to those struggling with grief after pet loss. Schools or teaching facilities where students learn and train to become mental health counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists also offer their services to individuals willing to trade counseling sessions for student-training opportunities.

– Getting the Help You Need Grief crisis intervention is an essential part of coping with grief for some individuals struggling with profound sadness after suffering through loss. Because it’s impossible to predict who’ll need these services, preparation is one of the best defenses against overwhelming grief. If you or someone you know is in an emotional or psychological crisis, don’t hesitate to call the National Crisis Hotline first. They operate their phones 24/7, and they can connect you to a trained volunteer almost immediately to help you out of a crisis.