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Resources and Assistance

Reaching out for support for yourself or someone else can feel scary or overwhelming, but when you do you will find there are many people ready to listen to you and help.  All of our VCRHYP agencies are available around the clock for crisis support.  There are many other resources available, too. Click through to help you or someone you know find the support they need.

IF YOU ARE UNDER 18, PLEASE NOTE: In Vermont, some adult helpers you call may be required to make a report to the Department for Children and Families if they think you are experiencing physical or sexual violence or living in an unsafe situation.   This is called mandated reporting.   This shouldn’t stop you from reaching out!   Tips to knowing and having control over what will happen with the information you share:

Get Help Now (Crisis Resources)

Local Resources

Vermont 2-1-1 – Comprehensive list of community resources available in Vermont, including emergency food and shelter, disability services, counseling, senior services, health care, child care, drug and alcohol problems, legal assistance, transportation agencies, educational and volunteer opportunities and more (24/7 online or over the phone)

    • Call: 2-1-1

Vermont Department for Children and Families – Branch of the VT Agency of Human Services with a mission to foster healthy development, safety, wellbeing, and self-sufficiency of Vermonters. DCF works to reduce poverty and homelessness

    • Child Protection Line: 1-800-649-5285 (24/7)

Vermont Mental Health Crisis Text Line- Crisis Text Line provides free, round-the-clock support, seven days a week by providing access via text messaging to a trained Crisis Counselor at the moment help and support are needed.  Text "VT" to 741741 and you will get a response within five minutes.  Texts are confidential and will not show up on your phone bill. For more mental health supports in Vermont visit mentalhealth.vermont.gov.

Vermont Suicide Prevention Center – Dedicated to ensuring that people of all ages have the knowledge, skills, and resources to reduce the risk of suicide. VT Suicide Prevention Line:

    • 1-800-273-8255

U Matter U Can Get Help – A site specifically for youth who think they may need help or support so they don’t harm themselves, or for people who may be worried about someone else.

Vermont Network Against Domestic & Sexual Violence – Statewide resource on domestic and sexual violence support services. If you are under 18 years old, you may want to consider using a fake name to ensure that your conversation remains confidential.

    • Domestic/Dating/Stalking Violence 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-228-7395 (ABUSE-95)
    • Sexual Violence/Exploitation 24/7 Hotline: 1-800-489-7273 (489-RAPE)

Outright Vermont – Organization providing support, advocacy, and celebration of young queer people in Vermont.

    • 802-865-9677
    • info@outrightvt.org
    • SASS Textline: Queer, trans, questioning, and allied youth can text 724-888-SASS (7277) for answers to questions about sex and sexuality. Safe, confidential, and provides medically accurate information.

National Resources

Crisis Text Line – Free, 24/7 support for anyone in crisis.

    • Text “START” to 741741

Disaster Distress Helpline – Provides crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters.

    • 1-800-985-5990
    • Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746
    • TTY for Deaf/Hearing Impaired: 1-800-846-8517

USA National Child Abuse Hotline – National resource dedicated to the prevention of child abuse.

    • 1-800-4-A-Child (1-800-422-4453) (24/7 in over 170 languages)

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Connect with a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7.

    • 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    • You Matter – Youth-specific movement to spread the word that your problems, your worries, your fears, and above all YOU matter.

National Hopeline Network – 24/7 suicide crisis hotline and online suicide crisis chat with a focus on suicide prevention, awareness, and education.

    • 1-800-442-HOPE (4673)

loveisrespect – Empowering youth to end dating violence. (24/7)

National Domestic Violence Hotline – Vital link to safety for women, men, children, and families affected by domestic violence.

RAINN: Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network – National sexual assault hotline. Free and confidential (24/7)

National Human Trafficking Resource Center – A national anti-trafficking hotline and resource center serving victims and survivors of human trafficking and the anti-trafficking community in the United States.

    • 1-888-373-7888 (24/7 in more than 200 languages)
    • Text BeFree (233733)

National Eating Disorders Association – organization advocating on behalf of and supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders.

    • 1-800-931-2237 (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm EST, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm EST – Holiday Closures)
    • Live Chat - (Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-9:00pm EST, Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm EST – Holiday Closures)

ANAD: National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders - Promotes eating disorder awareness, prevention,  and recovery through supporting, educating, and connecting individuals, families, and professionals.

    • 630-577-1330 (Monday-Friday, 12 pm-8 pm EST)
    • Email ANAD

Safe Alternatives – A nationally recognized treatment approach, professional network, and educational resource base, which is committed to helping you and others achieve an end to self-injurious behavior.

    • 1-800-366-8288
    • Email SAFE Alternatives for information on seeking help

GLBT National Youth Talk – Organization that provides vital peer-support, community connections, and resource information to youth with questions about sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

The Trevor Project – Organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ youth

Planned Parenthood – Information and resources covering sexual and reproductive health topics.

    • 1-800-230-7526
    • Live Chat
    • STI Resource Center (Call 919-361-8488 (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-6:00 pm EST)
Housing, Homelessness and Running Away

Local Resources

Vermont Youth Development Program-  YDP supports youth who have been in DCF custody make the transition to young adult hood. YDP services encompass support, guidance, and financial assistance tailored to the individual needs and goals of you and your family. Focus areas include education, employment, self-sufficiency with transportation, housing, money management, health and risk reduction, permanency, and social and emotional well being.   

Vermont State Housing Authority – Provides critical assistance for safe and affordable housing in Vermont.

Vermont Housing Awareness Campaign – Increasing public awareness of the need of affordable housing for all Vermonters.

Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition – A group of 80 organizations committed to ensuring all Vermonters have decent, safe, and affordable housing.

Vermont Agency of Education – List of Homeless Liaisons in Vermont Schools

National Resources

National Runaway Safeline – Support and resources for youth, teens, parents, guardians, and community members.

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) (24/7)
  • Live Chat (5:30pm – 12:30am EST)

National Safe Place – A national youth outreach and prevention program for young people in need of immediate help and safety.

  • Text “SAFE” and your current location to 69866 (24/7)

National Network for Youth – The nation’s leading organization advocating to educate the public and policy makers about the needs of homeless and disconnected youth.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Training & Technical Assistance Center – Training and technical assistance provider for runaway and homeless youth service programs and grantees

National Resource Center for Youth Services – Training, technical assistance, and resource provider for the youth services community

The Search Institute – Leader and partner for organizations around the world in discovering what youth need to succeed. Research, resources, and expertise help partners in organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people. 

For Adults with Youth In Their Lives

Adolescent Brain Development –info from the National Institute of Mental Health on how the brain of an adolescent is changing and developing.

Positive Youth Development –info on the intentional, pro-social approach that engages youth within their communities, schools, organizations, peer groups and families in a manner that is productive and constructive.

Adolescent Health & Youth Development – Research from the National Center for Children in Poverty about the transitional period between childhood and adulthood and the crucial milestones necessary to ensure optimal physical health, emotional health, and identity formation.

Search Institute- Research, resources, and expertise to help organizations, schools, and community coalitions solve critical challenges in the lives of young people so they have what they need to succeed.

YouthThrive – Curriculum from the Center for the Study of Social Policy used to assess current efforts and for making changes to the policies, programs, training, services, partnerships and systems that impact young people, particularly those involved in public systems.

Advocates For Youth-Advocates for Youth partners with youth leaders, adult allies, and youth-serving organizations to advocate for policies and champion programs that recognize young people’s rights to honest sexual health information; accessible, confidential, and affordable sexual health services; and the resources and opportunities necessary to create sexual health equity for all youth.

Child Trends – A group that improves the lives and prospects of children and youth by conducting high-quality research and sharing the resulting knowledge with practitioners and policy makers.

Words Can Work – Website for parents and educators that provides guidance in talking about a range of issues with children and youth, including sexual health, mental health, and opioid addition.

Parenting Support Line – Parenting coaching and support telephone counseling

  • 1-617-257-3241