Safety, Recovery and Mental Health Resources

Emergency numbers

Important note: If you’re in a dangerous or life-threatening situation, call 911 (see below for emergency services numbers in other countries).

Emergency numbers outside the United States:

Canada: 911
Mexico: 066 or 911
UK: 999 or 112
Ireland: 999 or 112
Netherlands: 112
Germany: 112
France: 112
Australia: 000 or 112
New Zealand: 111
South Africa: 112 on mobile phones

See a complete list on Wikipedia.

Trauma recovery and mental health
Check the EMDR International Association page for information and resources on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Click the “Find a Therapist” button to find a practitioner.

Psychology Today has a directory where you can search for a therapist and filter for specialties, types of therapy and insurance.

More mental health resources

More trauma recovery resources

National Center for PTSD under U.S. Veterans Affairs

Veterans Crisis Line


Inpatient/outpatient treatment for trauma and/or addiction
The Meadows is an Arizona-based inpatient program to heal trauma as well as addiction.

The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute offers trauma recovery in Boston.

Center for Motivation & Change is evidence-based outpatient care in New York City with inpatient care in the Berkshires. They can address both drug/alcohol addiction and trauma.

Disaster distress

Postpartum depression and anxiety (PPA & PPD)

From the American Psychological Association
If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, take action now:

Put the baby in a safe place, like a crib. Call a friend or family member for help if you need to.

Call a suicide hotline (free & staffed all day, every day):

National Hopeline Network
1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: LifeLine
1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
Has hotlines for every state

1-800-PPDMOMS (1-800-773-6667)

Call your psychologist’s or other licensed mental health provider’s emergency number. Call your doctor’s or other primary health care provider’s emergency number. Go to your local hospital emergency room. Tell someone you trust about what you are feeling; ask him or her to help you take these steps.

(Source for above guidance and resources)

Postpartum Support International

Postpartum Health Alliance

More resources

Domestic violence, physical abuse & sexual assault

RAINN is an organization for helping sexual assault survivors.

  • Free, confidential sexual assault hotline is available 24/7: 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)
  • You can also chat online with a counselor:

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is free, confidential and available 24/7.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline serves the U.S. and Canada 24/7.

Animal cruelty resources list

Suicide prevention

United States
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available 24/7

This is a suicide hotline with wonderful people to support you. They will be able to provide you with a nonjudgmental, safe and supportive plan of action.

United Kingdom
Call Samaritans 24 hours a day: 116 123

More suicide & mental health helplines in the UK

Australia helpline: 13 11 14

More suicide helplines in Australia

Suicide and mental health helplines

For more suicide prevention resources, including international hotlines, go to

Addiction recovery

Alcoholics Anonymous
Go to the website to find an AA group near you and more information and help.

In The Rooms
Free online addiction recovery support Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Confidential, free, available 24/7 in English & Spanish. This helpline is for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.

You can use SAMHSA’s to locate treatment centers for substance use disorders, addiction and mental illness.

UK resources

Australia resources

Resources for gambling addiction

Eating disorders
NEDA Helpline

  • 1-800-931-2237
    Available Mon.–Thurs., 9 am–9 pm ET & Fri., 9 am–5 pm ET
  • More helpline info

Other resources eating disorder hotline eating disorders helpline

LGBTQ crisis hotlines and resources



Emotional Freedom Technique
Important note: Unexpected emotions can arise when you practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, also known as tapping). If your loss is very recent, or if you feel overwhelmed by grief, tap with caution or wait until you have recovered more. Talk your therapist or doctor before tapping if you’re new to it or not sure how to handle strong feelings that may come up.


You can also read this blog post for an overview of different grief resources (updated in June 2019).

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