If you are having thoughts of harming yourself or you are being abused, please call us. These are serious issues that are best handled in one-on-one conversations with counselors.

Always Open! Counselors are ready for your call 24/7.




Text with a counselor for free with the following carriers: AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Virgin, Cricket, Nextel, Boost, MetroPCS. (standard message & data rates may apply for other carriers)

Every day, 2PM to 1AM CST.

Please know that this texting service is intended for pre-teens, teens, and young adults.

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Text STOP to opt out.  For more information about the service, text HELP to 20121.  For end user privacy and terms & conditions go to



Chat over IM and get a live, to the minute discussion with one of our counselors.

Mon–Fri, 6PM to midnight CST.
(and other times if counselors are available)



When you e-mail a question we will send a response back to you within 48 hours. We post selected questions and responses on our bulletin board board a few days later.

Anytime. We'll get back to you within 48 hours.

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About Us

You don't have to face your problems alone! is part of The Boys Town National Hotline.

Please contact us if you're depressed, contemplating suicide, being physically or sexually abused, on the run, addicted, threatened by gang violence, fighting with a friend or parent, or if you are faced with an overwhelming challenge.

The Boys Town National Hotline has been taking calls from kids and families since 1989. In fact, we have taken over 9 million calls since we started.

We encourage people to contact us by phone if they are in any danger, or if it’s a really serious issue. Talking on the phone can provide more immediate help, but we do know that sometimes you might be more comfortable contacting us via chat, text, or email.

Whichever way you'd like to contact us, we'd like to help! We are here 24/7.

Who Answers My Calls, Emails, and Texts?

Our counselors are available 24/7 and have a wide range of experiences working with kids and families who are frustrated, depressed, or just need someone to talk to. Most importantly, they genuinely care and want to help!