Help Lines and Hot Lines

Crisis intervention, information, listening/counseling and referrals for any need. Most hot lines operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


211 LA and Orange Counties 211
Referrals to health and human services agencies.,


Baby Line (949) 764-2229
Baby-care and breast-feeding questions answered by on-duty nurses at Hoag Hospital. Free.


California Youth Crisis Line (800) 843-5200


CHOC’s Parent Advice Line (714) 509-8887
Information on health topics, including sickness, nutrition and behavior. Find the list on their website under the “Community” tab.


Domestic Violence Hotline (562) 437-4663
Referrals to counseling and legal aid for low-income individuals and families.


Drug Use Is Life Abuse (714) 647-4593
Free referral program through the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


First 5 LA Connect (213) 482-5902
Resources for nutrition, school readiness and parenting tips, plus preschool referrals for kids under age 5.


GLBTQ Youth Talkline (800) 246-7743
Telephone/internet peer counseling.


Hotline of So. Cal. (562) 596-5548, (714) 894-4242
Help, intervention and referrals for any crisis.


Mental Health America (800) 273-TALK (8255)


National Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Referral Line (800) 454-8966


National Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233


National Eating Disorders Assoc. (800) 931-2237


National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline (866) 331-9474


RAINN (800) 656-HOPE (4673)
The Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network’s hotline connects to a local rape crisis center.


Stand Up For Kids (800) 365-4KID (4543)
Provides children in crisis with food and clothing.