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Local and National Support Hotlines

Suicide Prevention Lifeline Crisis support and resources 1-800-273-TALK
Trevor LifeLine LGBTQ Crisis Support 1-866-488-7386
Trans Lifeline Trans Peer Support 1-877-565-8860
RAINN National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE
The Hotline National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

What is a local or national support hotline?

There are a number of local and national hotlines that may prove supportive to a victim or survivor or someone supporting a friend or family member who has experienced these forms of violence. The hotlines listed above are run by community agencies housed in Arizona or nationally, which offer services to support those who may have experienced sexual or relationship violence or need mental health or peer support.

How do these hotlines serve ASU community members?”

It is normal to feel unsure about what next steps to take and thus, one may find it helpful to reach out to The Hotline or RAINN to discuss possible next steps and additional community resources that could provide support. Additionally, one many find it supportive to reach out to an identity- or community-specific hotline, such as Trans Lifeline or Trevor LifeLine when seeking support.

You may find yourself in the role of supporting a family member or friend who has experienced violence and thus, would not only benefit from your own support, but would like assistance navigating the resources so that you can best offer support.

It is also normal to feel unsure when it comes to labeling your experience as “violence”. Reaching out to one of these hotlines may allow you to connect to local support which can help you explore this further.

These hotlines can be a safe and supportive first step when it comes to seeking support, learning about community and national resources and more.

Call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency in the United States or if you need immediate mental health support, reach out to the Suicide Prevention Hotline or ASU’s 24/7 dedicated mental health hotline through EMPACT: 480-921-1006.

What to expect when connecting with a hotline

Each hotline may entail a slightly different experience, but all should result in you being quickly connected with someone to speak with either via phone or an online chat. They will check in with you and inquire as to why you are calling, so that they can best address your concerns and connect you to resources, if you would like to be connected. You are free to share as little or as much information as you like in regards to your experience and can even call anonymously if you prefer. You are welcome to inquire about their privacy and confidentiality practices to better understand how information is both stored and shared.