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Hotlines and Chat Rooms/Blogs


Sometimes you may need to talk to someone, or connect with someone that shares the same concerns. A hotline is a 24-hour telephone service where you can talk to trained staff about particular subjects. A chat room is a place where you can talk over the internet with other people about a specific topic.

Although these services can help you feel connected or get support, some conditions are best treated by a professional counselor. Please consider accessing counseling services in addition to utilizing the resources below.

While we recommend these resources we cannot fully endorse all of the information or advice you may receive. We think it is important for every individual to be thoughtful and discerning about the advice they receive.

If you're feelings stressed out and its not an emergency, you may also want to try a relaxation exercise.


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
24-hours, 7 days a week hotline for people considering suicide
***If you are considering suicide, you can also contact someone locally in Oneonta, NY.   Bassett Hospital Crisis Services provides a phone consultation service which is available 24 hours/7 days a week at  at 1-877-369-6699.

For more information on emergencies, click here.

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673
***The Violence Intervention Program  in  Oneonta NY also has a 24-hour crisis service available at 607-432-4855.

National Child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453
For questions or help in reporting suspected child abuse.

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233

National Runaway Hotline 1-800-621-4000 or 1-800-231-6946
Serves runaway/homeless youth and their families.

National AIDS Hotline 1-800-342-2437
For information about prevention, risk, testing, treatment and other HIV/AIDS- related concerns.

Alcohol and Drug Help Line 1-800-ALCOHOL (252-6465)

Gambling Addiction Hotline 1-800-522-4700

Veterans Crisis Line 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender National Hotline Toll-free 1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564) open Sun-Fri 4pm to midnight, Saturdays noon-5pm Easter Standatd Tme

The Trevor Lifeline Project for the prevention of suicide among LGBTQ people (24- hours a day) 866-488-7386 (866-4U-Trevor)

Chat rooms, message boards and blogs

Psychnet is a website for psychological issues in the United Kingdom and they have compiled a great list of chatrooms on a number of mental health issues. Check out their list of chatrooms.

Depression Chat rooms Directory A great resource for chat rooms for support for people living with depression and anxiety.