Free & Low Cost Counseling Alternatives
A non-profit nationwide network of mental health clinicians in private practice who provide outpatient mental health services at a steeply reduced rate. No insurance necessary.
Provides a search engine that can help you find free and low cost counseling based on your city or zip code.
Crisis & Emergency Resources
Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 9-8-8 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (now known as the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline), active across the United States. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to a national network of local crisis centers that provide free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
If you text the word HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the United States, anytime, about any type of crisis, a live, trained Crisis Counselor receives your text and will respond from a secure online platform.
Calling this 24/7 hotline for sexual assault survivors gives you access to a range of free services including: confidential support (someone to help you talk through what happened), linkage to local referrals and resources that can assist with your next steps toward healing and recovery, and referrals for survivor support groups in your area. There is also an online hotline where you can chat online with a trained staff member who can provide confidential crisis support.
This 24/7 hotline is for anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline. Crisis support for LGBTQ Youth is available and accessible 24/7.
This peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. They are available 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am EST.
Trans Lifeline also offers a Family & Friends Line that provides peer support for friends, partners, family members and professionals supporting trans loved ones and community members. To access this service, call the main hotline and ask for the Family & Friends Line. The operator will find out the best time to call you back and you will receive a call back from a Family & Friends operator who has lived experience supporting trans people.
Substance Abuse & Addiction Resources
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration operates free, confidential, 24/7 treatment referral and information services for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
Support for family members who are adversely affected by a loved one's addiction, including group therapy resources for ongoing support.
Support for Communities of Color
Online, curated, non-biased resource guides specifically for members of the BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and People of Color) community struggling with mental illness.
BEAM offers community programs that center Blank mental health and healing.
Support for those who are feeling the emotional impacts of racist violence and microaggressions, as well as the emotional impacts of immigration struggles and other cross-cultural issues. Available Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm PST, this crisis line for POC by POC is a service led and staffed by people with lived experience of racism.
Support for Parents
A free, 24/7, confidential hotline for pregnant and new moms. Provides support before, during, and after pregnancy.
Support for moms (and dads) struggling with the postpartum period. When you call or text the HelpLine, you will be asked to leave a confidential message, and a trained volunteer will return your call or text during business hours. They will listen, answer questions, offer encouragement, and connect you with local resources as needed.
Support for Elders
The Friendship Line is a "warm line" for seniors operated by the Institute on Aging's Center for Elderly Suicide Prevention and Grief-Related Services. The Friendship Line provides emotional support and friendly conversation for seniors who are feeling lonely, isolated, or depressed.