Hotlines

If You Need Help

If you just filled out an Illinois Youth Survey, we just want to say "Thanks!" All surveys are anonymous. Surveys will only be used to learn about health behaviors of young people like yourself. This information will help your community, school, and the state of Illinois to better meet students’ needs.

If the survey bothered or upset you, or you would like help with an issue or crisis, we suggest you take one of these actions listed below:

  • Talk to an adult you trust in your family or community, such as your parents or religious leader.
  • Talk to an adult you trust at school, such as a teacher, counselor, nurse, intervention specialist, or principal.
  • Call one or more of the hotlines listed below to find out where to get help.
Name & Website of Hotline Phone number Spanish too? Confidential? Cost
Boys Town National Hotline
(Available 24 Hours)
Hotline for boys and girls, teens and young adults, who are feeling depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or faced with an overwhelming challenge
http://www.boystown.org/Link will open in a new window
http://yourlifeyourvoice.orgLink will open in a new window
 (800) 448-3000

TTY Line
(800) 448-1833
Yes  Yes  None
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Available 24 Hours)
http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/Link will open in a new window
 (800) 273-8255

TTY Line
(800) 799-4889
Yes   Yes None 
National Domestic Violence Hotline (Available 24 Hours*)
http://www.thehotline.org/Link will open in a new window
*TTY line staffed M-F 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
 (800) 799-7233

TTY Line
(800) 787-3224
Will connect with an interpreter, also have bilingual staff
 Yes  None
National Sexual Assault Hotline
(Available 24 Hours)
Rape, abuse, and incest
http://www.rainn.org/Link will open in a new window
 (800) 656-4673 Yes  Yes None 
The Trevor Lifeline
(Available 24 Hours)
LGBTQ youth gender identity issues, depression, suicide prevention
http://www.thetrevorproject.orgLink will open in a new window
(866) 488-7386  Yes, if anyone is available   Yes  None
National Eating Disorders Helpline
(Available M,W,F 8a.m.-4p.m., Tu,Thur 8a.m.-7p.m.)
http://www.nationaleatingdisorders.org/get-help-today/Link will open in a new window
(800) 931-2237 Someone will return your call   Yes  None
SAMSHA’s National Helpline
(Available 24 Hours)
Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/Link will open in a new window
(800) 662-4357

TTY Line
(800) 487-4889
 Yes  Yes  None