Emergency Counseling Services for Deaf Individuals

If you or someone you know is in crisis or in danger and needs immediate mental health help, CALL 911 or contact one of the numbers below for IMMEDIATE help.

Do not use Deaf Counseling Center for emergencies. Deaf Counseling Center can be used for follow-up mental health appointments and therapy/counseling services. Scroll down to contact us.

Crisis Text Line

Text: Type HOME to 741741 in the US
Website: CrisisTextLine.org

Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 text support line for anyone in mental health crisis. To chat with a trained Crisis Counselor, text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the US. This service is free and available all day and night to anyone who is experiencing any type of crisis. Texting is a way to get mental health support and information about mental health services quickly and it is very useful for Deaf people.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Voice: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Website: suicidepreventionlifeline.org

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone dealing with suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call will be directed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of over 150 crisis centers. As there is no ASL hotline for suicide prevention available, this is the best option for Deaf emergency services related to suicide.

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

Voice: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889
Website: samhsa.gov

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is also called Treatment Referral Routing Service. This Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential mental health treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, mental health prevention, counseling and therapy services and recovery in English and Spanish. Deaf people are welcome to use their services.

National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline

Videophone: 1-855-812-1001
Email: nationaldeafhotline@adwas.org
Website: ADWAS.org

The National Deaf Domestic Violence Hotline (NDDVH) is available to Deaf callers anywhere in the US. Deaf NDDVH provides Deaf emergency therapy and counseling services. Advocates answer videophone calls and emails 24/7. Talk with a Deaf advocate for mental health information and referrals, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault education. Advocates can also assist Deaf callers in identifying different ways to stay safe and develop a formal safety plan.

LGBT National Help Center

Go to the website below for phone numbers for crisis counseling and therapy support for LGBT Youth, Sage LGBT Elders, Online Peer-Support Chat, Trans Youth Online Talk Group and and mental health-related support.

Website: glbthotline.org

Trans Lifeline

Voice: (877) 565-8860 in US
Voice: (877) 330-6366 in Canada

Website: translifeline.org

The Trans Lifeline helps transgender people in mental health crisis. Anyone who is struggling with gender identity or unsure if they are transgender can call this line for support. Deaf transgender people are welcome to use this hotline for mental health support. The hotline’s main purpose is to prevent self harm and suicide. It also supports any transgender person in need by connecting them with other therapy and counseling services.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline

Text and voice: 1-800-422-4453 or 1-800-4-A-Child

Website: child help.org/hotline

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline is dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. 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. The hotline offers crisis intervention, counseling and therapy information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and mental health support resources. All calls are confidential. A good resource for Deaf emergency services related to children.

Deaf Counseling Center does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of or service provided by any of the above Deaf emergency services referrals.

Positive strategies that encourage mental health wellness:

Sleep well

Eat healthy

Do physical activity

Use meditation and relaxation techniques

Take time for yourself

Make time for family and friends

Read

Use humor

Spend time doing hobbies

Practice spirituality

Play with pets

Volunteer

Get mental health counseling and therapy services

Negative strategies that hurt mental health:

Using drugs

Drinking too much alcohol

Doing self-mutilation like cutting or burning yourself

Ignoring hurt feelings

Working excessively

Avoiding problems

Denying problems

Refusing to get mental health counseling and therapy services

References:

Suicide: What You Can Do – Deaf Counseling Center

Suicide in deaf populations: a literature review

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