Information for Teens in Need
National Runaway Switchboard
1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
Our mission at the National Runaway Switchboard is to help keep America's runaway and at-risk 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 our Home Free program. Our 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
Safe Place is the first step to help for any youth in crisis or at risk. This community collaboration program, operated by youth shelters or youth serving agencies make it possible for any youth to access help at locations including fast food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, libraries and city buses which display the Safe Place sign. Youth can easily find help at Safe Place sites in their own neighborhood whenever they need it.
Where is Safe Place? Please link to this site for 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.
RAINN: Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network
1-800-656-HOPE or 1-800-656-4673
At any given moment, more than 1,100 trained volunteers are on duty and available to help victims at RAINN-affiliated crisis centers across the country.