If you are in an emergency situation, call 911 (ask for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) officer if it is mental health related) or go to the closest hospital Emergency Department.


  • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988, 24/7
  • SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) National Helpline:  1-800-662-HELP (4357), 24/7
  • Veterans Crisis Line:  1-800-273-8255 (press 1) or text 838255 or online chat at veteranscrisisline.net, 24/7
  • Crisis Text Line:  text HOME to 741741, 24/7
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline:  text NAMI to 741741, 24/7; 1-800-950-(6264), M-F 10a-9p
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE), 24/7
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 (HOPE), 24/7
  • The Trevor Project Lifeline (for LGBTQ youth under 25): 1-866-488-7386, text START to 678678, chat at thetrevorproject.org; all available 24/7
  • The Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook


  • Durham Mobile Crisis Team: 1-800-510-9132, 24/7; mental health & substance abuse
  • Durham Recovery Response Center: 919-560-7305, 24/7; mental health, substance abuse and intellectual/developmental disabilities 
  • Project BUIILD (gang prevention and intervention program for ages 10-21) Mobile Crisis Helpline: 919-967-8844, 24/7
  • Durham Crisis Response Center: 919-403-6562, 24/7; domestic violence and substance abuse, LGBTQ friendly

If you are unsure if the service applies to you, crisis lines usually have a resource list and may be able to refer you to the appropriate entity.

Other resources

This article from Duke Divinity’s Faith and Leadership program quotes our Rector Rhonda Lee:
Pastors are uniquely positioned to help people contemplating suicide

Resources are ALWAYS changing.  This information is as accurate and up-to-date as possible as of August, 2022.  If you cannot access any of the above crisis lines, PLEASE try another.