Emergency Numbers

Here’s a list of nationwide emergency and crisis numbers. If you are in crisis, first call 911 while you’re looking in the front of your local yellow pages. That’s where you’ll usually find the local suicide prevention hotline or crisis center. You can also try your local Gay Lesbian Center, which usually offers referrals for counseling, domestic violence and suicide prevention. If you can’t get through to any of those, try one of the crisis lines below.

The Trevor Project – 866-4-U-TREVOR (866-488-7386)
The Trevor Helpline is the only national 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention hot line aimed at gay and questioning youth. The Trevor Helpline is geared toward helping those in crisis, or those wanting information on how to help someone in crisis. Managed by their partners at San Francisco Suicide Prevention, the Trevor Helpline calls are handled by highly trained counselors and are free and confidential.

Girls and Boys Town Crisis Line
24 hours a day, every day
800.448.3000*, or for TDD 800.448.1833*

Alcohol a Drug Abuse Hotline – 800-ALCOHOL* – 800.454.8966*

Childhelp USA’s National Child Abuse Hotline – 800.422.4453*

Children of the Night– 800.551.1300* Short term crisis

National Hopeline Network Crisis Hotline – 800.SUICIDE* 784-2433
24/7 Website (administration 1 800 442 4673)

National Alcohol a Drug Abuse Hotline – 800.252.6465

National Network of Runaway Youth Services – 202.783.7949
Networks with youth shelters and other community based groups. 1319 F St NW #401, Washington, DC 20004


Suicide Prevention Crisis Lines – Call 911


Metanoia – Contains conversations and writings for suicidal persons to read. If you’re feeling at all suicidal, be sure to read this page before you take any action. It might just save your life. www.metanoia.org/suicide

Kidshelp: www.kidshelpphone.ca – a service for young people which also addresses issues in addition to suicide.

Samaritans www.befrienders.org/email.html (A 24-Hour confidential e-mail service) and kidshelp.sympatico.ca – a service for young people which also addresses issues in addition to suicide. Talk to a therapist online – this is a list of over 200 psychotherapists and other professionally trained counselors who will interact with you via the Internet. Some can respond within 24-36 hours. Most charge a small fee but can be worth it. Be sure to read the background information.

Leonardo Smith

This page is dedicated to the memory of Leonardo Smith, a 32-year-old New York City dancer and choreographer, who described himself as a teacher/dancer/activist. Just before taking his own life, Leonardo donated $10,000 to continue the work of Soulforce.

Leonardo was well known in the dance community and appeared as lead dancer in a countless dance recitals. One of his best known was Red Fence, in which he starred.

In his Friendster account, Leonardo expressed his dreams of helping to change the world, "I thought I’d use Friendster to do some activism. I’m in the beginning stages of organizing a Freedom Ride for LGBT teachers and students. We would travel by bus to the middle, west and south of the US to perform direct actions in communities that resist grass roots LGBTQ groups. Education and out reach to LGBTQ kids is the main purpose: Let them know we are here and that we care."

We believe there is no more fitting tribute to Leonardo than this page of emergency numbers. If you are feeling hopeless, depressed, or suicidal, call someone. One conversation with someone who cares will make a huge difference in your life. And if for some reason the emergency line is busy, or not answering, or even "out of service" then email kara@soulforce.org. If she is not in at the moment, she will return your email ASAP. In the meantime, tell Kara your story in an email as long as it takes. She will see that your email is answered with speed and with loving concern.