October 27, 2019

I’ve been reading some materials recently that have alarmed me greatly, related to people taking their own lives.  A recent report notes that: “While suicide was the 10th most common cause of death among Americans of all ages in 2017, it was the second leading cause of death among young Americans age 15 to 24, according to new data released Thursday from the National Center for Health Statistics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”  The data demonstrates that teen suicide rates have increased by more than 50% over the past two decades.  That’s a staggering assertion, and one that bears our attention. 

On this last Sunday of the month of October, in which the Catholic Church in the United States intentionally focuses on Life issues, I got to thinking about where it is that we turn, beyond prayer, for resources in times of crisis.  What follows is the beginning of a list of common hotline numbers or crisis-related resources. It is by no means exhaustive, but a simple beginning, and perhaps may provide a much-needed resource for someone who is in need.  Each of the issues addressed here are directly concerned with upholding the human dignity of the person.

Immediate/Imminent Threats - Emergency Services: Call 911


National Suicide Hotline:  800-784-2433

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

U Lifeline (College Students): Text "START" to

741-741 or call 800-273-TALK (8255)


CA Child Protection Hotline:  800-540-4000

The Trevor Project:  866-488-7386 (LGBTQ+ Youth)TrevorText: Text START to 678678

Covenant House – Help for runaways:



Disaster Distress Hotline:  800-985-5990


National Domestic Violence Hotline:  800-799-7233
National Domestic Violence Hotline (Espanol)


Rape, Sexual Assault, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN):  800-656-4673


National Eating Disorders Helpline:  800-931-2237

This helpline offers support Monday - Thursday from 9:00a.m. - 9:00p.m. EST and Friday from

9:00a.m. - 5:00p.m. EST

Crisis Textline:  Text CONNECT to 741741

Available 24/7, 365 days a year, this organization helps people with eating disorders and other mental health issues by connecting callers with trained crisis volunteers.


LA County Adult Protective Services:  888-202-4248

Elder Abuse Hotline:  877-477-3646


National Human Trafficking Hotline:  888-373-7888

BeFree Textline:  Text "BeFree" (233733)


Veteran’s Crisis Line:  800-273-8255

 https://allianceofhope.org/ (Resources for loss survivors)

http://www.sprc.org/ (Suicide Prevention Resource Center)

http://polarisproject.org (Information on Human Trafficking)


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