National Youth Crisis Hotline

San Diego, California 92177-8408
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800-442-HOPE (4673)
(800) 448-4663

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Provides counseling and referrals to local drug treatment centers, shelters, and counseling services. Responds to youth dealing with pregnancy, molestation, suicide, and child abuse. Operates 24 hours, seven days a week.

The American Counseling Association recommends 5 ways to help with coping AFTER a crisis situation.

  • Recognize your own feelings about the situation and talk to others about your fears. Know that these feelings are a normal response to an abnormal situation.
  • Be willing to listen to family and friends who have been affected and encourage them to seek counseling if necessary.
  • Be patient with people; fuses are short when dealing with crises and others may be feeling as much stress as you.
  • Recognize normal crises reactions, such as sleep disturbances and nightmares, withdrawal, reverting to childhood behaviors and trouble focusing on work or school.
  • Take time with your children, spouse, life partner, friends and co-workers to do something you enjoy.


National Youth Crisis Hotline Programs and Services

Christian-based information and referral services for runaways and youth in crisis nationwide. Phones are answered by volunteers. Provides confidential relay of messages between youth and parents without revealing location. Will refer to Greyhound Bus Station which has a home free program. The hotline is a program of Youth Development International.