New York Mental Health Hotlines

According to the NYC Mayor’s Office, 1 in 5 New Yorkers experiences some form of mental health issue in any given year. That’s almost equal to the entire population of Manhattan. Many of those who are struggling with their mental health either don’t know where to turn for crisis intervention in New York or find it hard to access support when they need it. If you’re looking for emergency mental health support, consider these resources, including the New York mental health crisis helpline and other state and national support services.

Fortunately, there’s help. No shortage of providers (or shortage of funds) should ever prevent you from getting the help you deserve. The following resources are free of charge, confidential, and available to all New York residents. Help yourself or someone you love today.

National Mental Health Resources

The National Mental Health Hotline

If you need to connect with a mental health specialist, call 1-866-903-3787 right now. A trained professional will take your call and assist you however she or he can. A world of resources is waiting for you. The hotline is available to all US residents and operates on a 24/7 basis.

NAMI Helpline & More

The National Alliance on Mental Illness provides a wealth of resources, including the NAMI Helpline, which can be reached by calling 1-800-950-6264 or by emailing Although the helpline is only available Monday through Friday from 10AM until 8PM EST, there is a 24/7 text-line available. Simply text ‘NAMI’ to 741-741 for assistance.

Mental Health America

Mental Health America provides emergency mental health support in New York and across the United States. The helpline is free to call from anywhere in the USA. MHA does not directly provide mental health services but can connect those in crisis with a support provider in their area anytime of the day or night.
(800) 985-5990

Help for New York Residents

New York Crisis Text Line

The New York Crisis Text Line provides 24-hour support via text message for those who are experiencing a mental health crisis. Simply text GOT5 to 741-741 to be connected to a counselor who can provide crisis support. There is additional tailored support for university students, which can be accessed by texting GOT5U to the same number.

Text: 741-741

New York Mental Health Crisis Line

The New York Mental Health Crisis Line offers free emergency assistance for individuals who are struggling with their mental health. Simply text 988 to be connected to trained counselors who offer suicide prevention and mental health crisis support. Additional resources for New Yorkers can also be found via the New York Office of Mental Health.

Text: 988


Sponsored by the state Office of Mental Health, HOPE NY offers a 24/7 hotline for a multitude of mental health resources. Call 1-800-273-8255 or text ‘GOT5’ to 741741. For help strictly with substance abuse, call 1-877-846-7369.