If you experience a life threatening medical emergency or fear for your safety remember to call 911. But did you know that you can dial 211 to get help for non 911 types of crisis or emergencies?
211 is a service that can connect you to many different resources such as mental health, domestic abuse, and even human trafficking hotlines.
211 offers support for many other things such as gambling and addiction support, they can help you with local domestic abuse shelters and also finding you help for sexual assault victim services.
211 offers help and guidance if you need help with disaster assistance, or even if you are struggling to find help for just the everyday essential needs, 211 can help you.
You can find more information about the help they offer on their webpage at http://www.211.org
Here are some numbers on how many times 211 helped people in 2019:
211s in the U.S. reported handling:
900,000 requests for help related to mental health and substance use including:
275,000 requests for help related to suicide or emotional distress
285,000 requests for help with substance use
140,000 calls for help with domestic violence or human trafficking
If you would rather call a hotline directly instead of using the 211 service here are a few numbers provided by the 211.org webpage.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 to speak to someone if you or a loved one is considering harming themselves or experiencing emotional distress.
National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888 if you or someone you care about has been brought to the United States against their will or is being held against their will.
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-4673 if you or someone you care about has experienced sexual assault or harassment and needs support, assistance, and advice.
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 if you or someone you care about has or is experiencing domestic or relationship-based violence and needs support, advice, and connections to a safe place.