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Boys Town National Hotline — Help With Any Problem, Any Time
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by Ginny Gohr, Boys Town National Hotline Director

tags: Suicide, Troubled Youth

Boys Town National Hotline — Help With Any Problem, Any Time

More than 500 suicides were prevented last year thanks to the Boys Town National Hotline®.

Many people don’t realize the same hotline number they see advertised on TV when they can’t sleep at 3 a.m. is part of an organization that’s nearly a century old, but for more than 25 years, the Boys Town National Hotline (1-800-448-3000) and its extended services have been answering the call when children and parents need immediate assistance.

One of the most critical needs the Hotline meets involves teens who have decided to hurt themselves or take their own lives, but who at the last minute reach out to one of our Crisis Counselors in a desperate cry for help. In thousands of situations, our Crisis Counselors connect with those young people, provide a caring ear for their problems and save their lives by taking action to stop a potential suicide. is a website created by the Hotline especially for teens and a Texting Service is the Hotline’s newest innovation, developed to connect with teens through their favorite way of communicating.

We want parents and teens to get the help that they need. That’s why we have free resources available.

The need for the life-changing and live-saving assistance the Hotline and its services provide is critical, far-reaching and more common than you might imagine. The calls and contacts come from all over the United States, and they may even come from someone in your neighborhood or community.

Please, share our phone number (1-800-448-3000) with someone you think could use our help. We’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.

To learn more about the Boys Town National Hotline and our National Corporate Sponsor, Godfather’s Pizza, please visit