Help Yourself

Where To Go When You Need Someone To Talk To

Article by Lisa Smusz, MS, LPCC

Everyone has challenges in life. But being an immigrant, or just feeling different from other people your age can add extra stress. 

After a hard year, you may also feel worried about the future. There may be things you are not ready to share with your friends or family. Or you may not want your family to worry about you. Whatever is on your mind, there are people who are prepared to listen.  

Here’s who to call for different types of support:

  1. If you feel like hurting yourself, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). 
  2. For ongoing help, it’s best to find a therapist you can meet with regularly. Use our search feature to find free or low-cost counseling near you
  3. If you just need someone to talk to right now, here are some great resources :
  • OnYourMind: OnYourMind is a safe place for teens and youth to talk and find support. You can talk about anything that is on your mind. They don’t share your information outside of the chat.
  • Teen Line: If you have a problem or just want to talk with another teen who understands call, text, or email the teen line. 
  • The Crisis Text Line: Text "HOME "to 741-741 to get support if you’re having a crisis.
  • California Warmline: Call 1-855-845-7415, a non-emergency phone line for anyone looking for emotional support, available 24 hours/7 days.