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Mental Health Crisis Lines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

(800) 273-8255

Crisis intervention and free emotional support are available, which is helpful when you need confidential assistance during a time of emotional distress for you or a loved one. The helpline is open 24/7, and a live online chat is available as well.

Crisis Text Line

Text CONNECT to 741741

Specialized crisis counselors are just a text message away on this free, confidential 24-hour support line. To further protect your privacy, these messages do not appear on a phone bill. The text line also provides services and support if you are upset, scared, hurt, frustrated, or distressed.

Your Life Iowa

Call (855) 581-8111 or text to (855) 895-8398   24/7 crisis support in the state of Iowa (call, text or live-chat) 

Your Life Iowa provides information and referral, counseling, crisis service coordination, and linkages to crisis screening and mental health services 24 hours a day. Additional services can be found at: 

The Trevor Project (LGBTQ Crisis and Suicide Hotline)

(866) 488-7386

Trained counselors are availble to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.  TrevorText is a confidential and secure resource that provides live help for LGBTQ youth with a trained specialist, over text messages. Text START to 678-678. TrevorChat is a free, confidential and secure instant messaging service that provides live help to LGBTQ youth. 

Veterans Crisis Line

(800) 273-8255  or Text 838255

Connect with the Veterans Crisis Line to reach caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Many of them are Veterans themselves. The Veterans Crisis Line is a free, confidential resource available to any Veteran, even if they are not enrolled in VA health care or registered with VA. Care does not end when the conversation is over. The Veterans Crisis Line can connect Veterans to their local suicide prevention coordinators (SPC), who follow up to coordinate care.

Iowa Peer to Peer Warm Line

(844) 775-9276

Warm Line is a telephone line staffed by individuals with lived experience who provide nonjudgmental, nondirective support to an individual experiencing a crisis.

Substance Use Hotlines


(800) 238-7633

Iowa Drug and Alcohol Helpline

(800) 821-4357

The Iowa Alcohol and Drug Helpline ensures that everyone in the state gets the support they need. Advice is completely confidential and open to anyone about anything to do with addiction.


National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Hopeline

(800) 622-2255

This hotline aims to give those in the state of Iowa and the rest of the United States a reason to quit the substance they have become addicted to. Hopeline is intentionally named the way it is, to differentiate it from a standard hotline. This helpline provides more than just advice.


SAMHSA’s National Helpline

(800) 662-HELP (4357)


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