If you’re in crisis, help is available

If you, a family member, union brother or sister or friend are struggling or in crisis, there are resources available to help.


  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Available 24/7 to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Call will be routed to the nearest crisis center.
  • Life Crisis Services: 314-647-HELP (4357). One of the nation’s oldest suicide prevention and crisis hotlines. Operates 24/7.
  • Behavioral Health Response: 314-469-6644 (St. Louis), 1-800-811-4760 (toll free). Operates 24/7.
  • Military/Veterans Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255), press 1.
  • Crisis Text Line: Send a text message to 741741. Live, trained crisis counselors available 24/7 via text.
  • KUTO (Kids Under Twenty-One) Crisis Helpline: 1-888-644-KUTO (5886). Available to any youth needing assistance, referral information or crisis service. This helpline is staffed exclusively by youth volunteers.
  • LGBTQ Youth Suicide Hotline: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR (488-7386). Serving LGBTQ youth in crisis.
  • Crisis Nursery Help Line: 314-768-3201 (St. Louis); 636-947-0600 (St. Charles). Free short-term, safe care for children from birth through age 12, whose families face an emergency caused by illness, homelessness, domestic violence or overwhelming parental stress.
  • Youth In Need: 636-946-3771. Emergency residential center for children and teens, ages 10-18, who are in crisis.
  • Epworth Youth Emergency Service: 314-727-6294. Counseling, family therapy, psychiatric and residential treatment available.
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (St. Louis) Crisis Line: 1-800-811-4670.
  • Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Response Team: 314-531-7273. The YWCA’s rape crisis line is staffed 24/7.
  • ALIVE (Alternative to Living in Violent Environments): 314-993-2777.
  • Women’s Safe House: 314-772-4535. Offers shelter and resources for women and children impacted by domestic violence.


  • Every Child’s Hope Mental Health Services: 314-473-1394. Serving residents in St. Louis County up to age 20.
  • Jewish Community Centers: 314-993-1000. Serving residents in St. Louis County up to age 20.
  • Family Forward: 314-534-9350. Serving women and children in the city of St. Louis.
  • Crisis Hotline Behavioral Health Resources: 314-469-6644.
  • Provident Crisis Lifeline: 314-647-4357. Counseling services for callers under age 20 in St. Louis County.
  • Diversified Health and Wellness Center: 314-698-4266. Free telehealth sessions during pandemic, plus accepting major insurance including Medicaid and Medicare.

Criminal Justice Ministry: 314-574-1138. Free counseling for those impacted by the justice system.

  • ParentLink’s WarmLine: 1-800-552-8522. A parent seeking help for a child can call or send a text to 585-FAMILY1. Additional list of local resources for children and families can also be found at startherestl.org.


  • University of Missouri-St. Louis Counseling & Social Advocacy Center: Masters and doctoral-level student counselors. 314-516-4613.

St. Louis University Counseling Center: Student counselors as low as $10 a session. 314-977-2505.

  • Washington University Psychological Services: Counseling and other services, as low as $15 a session. 314-935-6555.
  • Schiele Clinic, St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute: Psychotherapy offered, average fee is $20 a session. 314-361-7075, ext. 444, or book at stlpi.org/clinic-interest.
  • Mercy Professional Services: 314-977-1240.

If you know of an organization that also offers free or low-cost mental health services, send details to asultan@post-dispatch.com to be added to this list.

(Reprinted with permission from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch/STLToday.com.)


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