US, Canadaian, UK, and Broader International Resource Links

Discussion in 'Mental Health' started by newbie-one, Dec 2, 2020.

  1. newbie-one

    newbie-one one with the newbiverse

    If resources for your country aren't available here, or a link is broken, please feel free to ask on the forums, and folks may be able to help you find something that can help. You can also PM me, but I haven't been on HF much as of the writing of this document.

    International Suicide, Domestic Violence, and Other Resource Directories

    Suicide, Depression, and Mental Health

    Directory Search | Befrienders has world-wide listings for suicide prevention hotlines and are online suicide, depression, and mental health forums. They are supported by untrained volunteers and members who are also seeking support. This means that you won't necessarily get a response right away (it depends on who happens to be online at the time), and the type of responses you get may vary. If you need immediate help to prevent a suicide attempt, it's much better to contact one of the phone hotlines you can find on

    Help with Domestic Violence has a world-wide directory of domestic violence and abuse resources, as well as a library of documents in many languages. You have to click on the "Earth Words" link there to see the library of documents.

    Self-Treatment Books for a Variety of Physical and Mental Health Issues has a list of books that have been vetted by professionals.

    Child Abuse, Runaways, Bullying, LGBT, & More

    World Help Lines Hotlines & Suicide Lifelines for Kids Teens & Women
    I only just found this online, but it looks like it might be a good resource.

    Wikipedia List of Organizations that Combat Human Trafficking
    List of organizations that combat human trafficking - Wikipedia

    US and Canadian Resources


    211 is available in the US and Canada for help with food, housing, employment, health care, counseling and more. They might be able to help with legal aid, credit counseling, and referrals to therapists, but I can't confirm that. You can call 211, and you can also visit the websites (US) or (Canada). The results you get from 211 depend on what resources are available, your eligibility for them, the kind of resources you need, and the ability of the 211 operator to connect you to them. That means the results can vary from fantastic to poor, but in most cases, it's at least worthwile to give them a call.

    Disability Assistance, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Work

    211 might be able to help you apply for these services, or you could search for them online independently. Depression or other disabilities that you have may qualify you to receive cash disability benefits if you are unable to work. People are often rejected for benefits the first time that they apply. A community legal clinic may be able to help you appeal a rejected claim (211 might help you find a clinic). In the US there are many private lawyers that could represent you, but be warned. They usually get paid by taking a cut of the first check that you get, which gives them an incentive to wait the maximum time before completing their work, usually about 5 years.

    Even if you are not found eligible for disability benefits, if you have a disability that is a barrier to finding work, there may be vocational rehabilitation services available to you. Often times it is hard to find work, or to find work that does not have a serious negative impact on your health. Vocational rehab can help you get a job that suits your disability (for example, one that has low stress levels). Vocational rehab can also provide or pay for job training or education toward a degree, and also provide funds to start a business.

    National Child Abuse Hotline is the webiste of the National Child Abuse Hotline. Their phone number is 1-800-4-ACHILD. Serving the U.S. and Canada, the hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with professional crisis counselors who—through interpreters—provide assistance in over 170 languages.

    National Parenting Hotline (US Only, I think)
    1-855-4A PARENT 1-855-427-2736

    Monday through Friday
    10:00 AM PST to 7:00 PM PST

    Domestic Violence and Abuse, 1-800-799-7233 (US only. Additional US and Canadian resources are availabe at

    Poison Control (US only)
    1-800-222-1222. They say they are free and confidential.

    National Foundation for Credit Counseling
    This is a non-profit that can connect you to credit counseling services. I've only just found them online, but they were mentioned in a Consumer Reports article about credit, which lends them some credibility. 211 might also be able to refer you to credit counseling.

    Legal Aid

    211 may be able to help connect you to a community legal clinic, but law schools also frequently have free or low-cost legal aid clinics.

    Human Trafficking

    National Human Trafficking Hotline
    National Human Trafficking Hotline
    Call 1-888-373-7888 ( TTY: 711) *Text 233733, There is also live chat
    I think this a US-only resource

    The Trevor Project (US and under 25 only)

    "The Trevor Project is the leading (US) national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25"
    24/7 hotline: 1-866-488-7386. They also have text and chat.

    The Trans Lifeline (US and Canada)

    Home | Trans Lifeline
    (877) 565-8860 in the US or (877) 330-6366 in Canada

    Suicide hotline for trans people. They have a no-911, no crisis requirement, no intake questions asked policy. Your call will be answered by a trans person.

    UK Resources

    Citizen's Advice
    Offer's help with benefits, housing, health, law, work, and more.

    Domestic Violence

    Women's Aid
    Home - Women's Aid
    Women's Aid is the national domestic violence charity.
    They work to end violence against women and children, and co-ordinate and support over 500 domestic and sexual violence services across the country.

    Mental Health
    Mind is the leading mental health charity in the UK


    Crisis | Together we will end homelessness
    Tel (switchboard) 0844 251 0111
    Fax 0844 251 0110

    Crisis defines its wider constituency as single homeless people.
    The focus of their work is on hidden homeless people who may be living in hostels and bed and breakfasts, or sleeping on friends and family's floors.

    YMCA England & Wales - We believe in young people
    The YMCA is a leading Christian charity committed to supporting all young people, particularly in times of need. It is the largest voluntary sector provider of safe, supported accommodation in England for single men and women between the ages of 16 and 35

    Shelter - The housing and homelessness charity
    Shelter believes everyone should have a home. I think it's the leading housing resource in the UK

    Switchboard (UK only) is a LGBTQ resource in the UK (not suicide specific)

    Australian Resources

    Assistance with health and healthcare issues

    Trusted Health Advice
    24hr phone: 1-800-022-222

    Citizen's Advice Bureau of Western Australia

    Gives referrals to various government departments and non-profits, as well as free legal advice or a variety of subjects.
    Last edited: Feb 8, 2022
  2. Pete's Draggin'

    Pete's Draggin' Visitor

    Any credible resources for human trafficking prevention?
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  3. newbie-one

    newbie-one one with the newbiverse

    Last edited: Dec 3, 2020
  4. Pete's Draggin'

    Pete's Draggin' Visitor

    Thanks bro
    You're a trusted member
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  5. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    What a brilliant helpful thread.
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  6. newbie-one

    newbie-one one with the newbiverse

    Thanks Pete and Candy :)
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  7. Candy Gal

    Candy Gal Lifetime Supporter Super Moderator

    It is good to know that someone cares as much as I do.
    I support a few.
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  8. ~Zen~

    ~Zen~ Dreamer Administrator

    This is a good resource and thanks to @Pete's Draggin' it is now stickied at the top of it's forum.

    Thank you all for caring and showing some help is available!
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  9. newbie-one

    newbie-one one with the newbiverse

    Thanks Zen :)
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