Information for Teens in Need
If you are in trouble or need help, text “SAFE” and your current location (address/city/state) to 69-866. You’ll get a text back with the address of the nearest Safe Place site and contact number for the local youth shelter. Within that same message you’ll receive a prompt that says, “Reply with 2CHAT for more help.” Once you reply, you’ll be connected with a professional for more help.
TXT 4 HELP is a nationwide service offered by National Safe Place to help teens connect to the closest location that offers immediate help and safety.
National Runaway Safeline
1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
The mission of the National Runaway Switchboard is to help keep America's runaway and homeless youth safe and off the streets. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home through their Home Free program. Their 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It's anonymous, confidential and free.
National Safe Place
National Safe Place is an outreach program designed to provide access to immediate help and safety for all youth in crisis. Locally, Safe Place is a community initiative that designates schools, fire stations, libraries and youth-friendly businesses as Safe Place sites where youth can access help and supportive resources. Safe Place locations extend the doors of the local youth service agency or shelter to support teens in crisis situations, creating a safety net for youth. Posters with a nationally recognized symbol are displayed at these locations to indicate that they are part of this safety net.
Where is Safe Place?
This site offers a map of Safe Place locations across the country:
National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
1-866-331-9474 TTY: 1-866-331-8453
loveisrespect, National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline, is a national 24-hour resource that can be accessed by phone or the internet, specifically designed for teens and young adults. The Helpline and loveisrespect.org offer real-time one-on-one support from Peer Advocates that are trained to offer support, information and advocacy to those involved in dating abuse relationships as well as concerned parents, teachers, clergy, law enforcement, and service providers
The site includes an interactive feature called “Relationship Quizzes” to assist youth in gaining awareness of healthy relationships.
Interactive and Confidential Access to Information about Healthy Relationships
Text “loveis” to 22522 and you’ll receive a response from a peer advocates prompting you for more info. If you have a smart phone, they can also send interactive links and resources for you to click on. This texting service is completely confidential. Make sure you’re in a safe space before you text.
National Sexual Assault Hotline
Created and operated by RAINN, this hotline operates in partnership with more than 1,100 rape crisis centers across the country offering trained volunteers to help you.
RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
1-800-656-HOPE or 1-800-656-4673
RAINN is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. In addition to operating the National Sexual Assault Hotline, RAINN also carries out programs to prevent sexual violence, help victims, and ensure that rapists are brought to justice.
DoD Safe Helpline App
The DoD Safe Helpline app gives members of the military community access to resources and tools to help manage the short- and long-term effects of sexual assault. The app helps you create a plan that is right for you, from exercises that aid in reducing stress to tools to help you transition to civilian life. You can even store your customized self care plan.