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An extended list of who to call when you need to talk

Samaritans Southcoast executive director Darcy Lee recently put together a comprehensive list of the many call lines that exist for people who need immediate help for their mental or emotional well-being.

The list is in preparation for Help & Hope SouthCoast’s planned sneak preview of Mysteries of Mental Illness, a special PBS show on mental illness that will air later this month. We want to have it available to participants who may have difficult emotions arise during the pre-show program and need someone to reach out to for help.

We’ll be showing parts of the show that focus on serious issues like depression, PTSD, and suicidal ideation and it’s not unusual for it to trigger responses in people.

When Darcy sent me the list though, I was just astonished at how many organizations make themselves available to talk to people about their mental health. This is a lengthy list with about 20 different organizations and groups represented, some for everyone while others target specific niche populations.

It’s wonderful to see this many possibilities for people to connect with another human being about their concerns or problems, both so we can make it available during our upcoming June 16 program and also in general for whenever the need strikes.

We’ll post this list or a link to it during our sneak preview and panel discussion - RSVP here if you’d like to join us - but here’s a sneak preview now of the sneak preview.

Some of these are local organizations; others aren’t. But all of them are available. And, remember, you don’t need to be in crisis to receive help.

Samaritans Southcoast

Offering confidential mental health support

1-866-508-HELP (4357) 8am-11pm

1-800-273-TALK (8255) 24 hour hotline #

Samaritans Statewide Text Line (877) 870-4673 (HOPE)

Emergency Services

Child & Family Services

543 North Street

New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 984-5566

Emergency Services Crisis Center

Child & Family Services

543 North Street

New Bedford, MA 02740

(508) 996-3154

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255 Spanish Language: 1-866-628-9454

Text: HELLO to 741741


Bay Cove Human Services:

over-the-phone crisis evaluation


National Alliance on Mental Illness

1-800-950-6264 or

Text: NAMI to 741741

National LBGTQ Hotline

Serves individuals of all ages

Call 1-888-843-4564

Trevor Support Center-The Trevor Project


Text: START to 678678

Gay/Lesbian Hotline & G.L.A.D.


PFLAG Fall River


Cyberbullying Hotline


Text: HOME to 741741

National Runaway Safeline


SAFE Alternatives (self-harm)

Call: 1-800-366-8288

Text: CONNECT to 741741

Exhale After Abortion Talkline

Call: 1-866-439-4253

Text: HELPLINE to 313131

Citizens for Citizens Family Planning


Safe Link (dating violence or domestic violence)


MASS 211: Need Help Fast? Free, confidential & multilingual

Dial 2-1-1 or search Home - Mass 211

U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline:

(800) 799-7233 (English and Spanish) (800) 787-3224 (TTY)

They also have an online chat feature available. Operating around the clock, seven days a week, confidential and free of cost, the National Domestic Violence Hotline provides lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable victims to find safety and live lives free of abuse. Highly trained, experienced advocates offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in over 170 languages.

Pride Institute:

(800) 547-7433 24/7

Chemical dependency/mental health referral and information hotline for the LGBTQ community.

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN):

(800) 656-HOPE / (800) 810-7440 (TTY)

The nation's largest organization fighting sexual violence, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.

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