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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, 1PM to 1AM CST.

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

Text VOICE to 20121Text VOICE to 20121 to start.

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)

By contacting the Boys Town National Hotline, you agree to the following: User Agreement, Intellectual Property Disclaimer