Resources for Tough Times
AARP Friendly Voice – Sometimes, just hearing a friendly voice on the other end of the line can help in challenging times. Call 888-281-0145, leave your information, and trained AARP Friendly Voice volunteers will provide a call to say hello.
Assistance Dogs International – A worldwide coalition of non-profit programs that train and place Assistance Dogs. Caregiver Action Network – The nation’s leading family caregiver organization working to improve the quality of life for Americans who care for loved ones with chronic conditions, disabilities, disease, or the frailties of old age. Caregiver Help Desk 855-227-3640 Monday-Friday, 7am–6pm CT.
Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline – Dedicated to the prevention of child abuse. 24/7 professional crisis counselors offer crisis intervention, information, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources. 800-422-4453. All contacts are confidential.
Criminal Injuries Compensation – If you or someone you know is an innocent victim of a violent crime committed in the State of Tennessee, the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund may be a financial resource for reimbursed medical expenses, loss of wages, and other unforeseen costs.
LGBT National Help Center – Offers a confidential safe space where you can find support, information, and local resources. LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564. LGBT National Senior Hotline 888-234-7243. Available Monday-Friday from 3pm-11pm, CT and Saturday from 11am-4pm, CT.
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 24/7 free access to resources and support. Chat online, call 800-799-7233 or text "START" to 88788. Advocates are there to listen without judgement and help you begin to address what’s going on in your relationship.
NAMI HelpLine – Free, nationwide peer-support service providing information, resource referrals, and support to people living with a mental health condition, their family members and caregivers, mental health providers, and the public. The NAMI HelpLine is not a crisis line or suicide prevention line. Available Monday through Friday, 9am-9pm, CT. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), text "HelpLine" to 62640, or email at email@example.com.
988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – 988 is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support for suicide, mental health, and substance use-related crises or any kind of emotional distress. Call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org 24/7. TTY Users, use your preferred relay service or dial 711 then 988.
Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line – If you are experiencing a mental health crisis, call 855-CRISIS-1 (855-274-7471) OR text “TN” to 741-741. Available 24/7. All calls are routed to a trained crisis counselor in your area, who will provide you support and guidance, and work to connect you with appropriate community supports. This service is free!
Tennessee 211 – Dial 211 for Tennessee’s community services help line. Talk to a real person who is trained to help you sort out your needs, and then give you info for the closest places where you can get help. Don’t worry if you don’t know what type of service you need. All calls are free and completely confidential.
Lines for Life Military Helpline Helpline for service members, veterans, and their families. 24/7, free, confidential, operated independently, and not affiliated with the Department of Defense. Provides emotional support and referrals to additional resources. Call 888-457-4838
Military OneSource – Need help navigating the adoption process? Want to better understand your wounded warrior benefits? Is it time to explore adult disability care for your parents? Military OneSource provides support from professionally trained consultants by phone on a broad range of issues for service members, their families, and survivors. Eligible members can receive an unlimited number of specialty consultations.
Safe Helpline The Department of Defense’s (DoD) hotline for members of the DoD community affected by sexual assault. Completely anonymous, confidential, 24/7, specialized service. Operated by RAINN. Call 877-995-5247, chat online, or download the app.
Veterans Crisis Line – If you’re a Veteran in crisis or concerned about one, dial 988 and press 1 to contact the Veterans Crisis Line. Veterans may still use the previous phone number 800-273-8255 and Press 1, text 838255, and online chat.