As hosts, you will get to know the youth and may become the primary support person in their lives. We can’t ever predict what each day will look like, but we want to prepare you with the resources you may need in case there is an emergency while the youth is in the host home.
If you or the youth are in physical danger, immediately call 911.
Resources during COVID-19
Mental Health Association of Frederick County’s mental health toolkit and virtual “walk-in” hours
1. The Trevor Project (suicide prevention for LGBTQIA+ youth and young adults) – A national crisis line and counseling for LGBTQ youth with a 24-hour crisis line at (866) 488-7386 OR Text “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200 OR chat online. Additional resources for LGBTQIA+ youth who are experiencing homelessness can be found here.
2. For any trans person in crisis of any kind, the Trans Lifeline runs a national hotline staffed by trans people for trans people. Crisis line: (877) 565-8860
If a young person is actively suicidal and has plans to kill themselves, immediately call 911.
If you think the young person is in crisis and maybe having suicidal thoughts, you can receive immediate support from the following:
- Suicide Prevention Lifeline @ 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
- Maryland’s Helpline is available 24/7 to provide support, guidance, and assistance. Please call 211 and select option 1, text your zip code to 898-211, or visit 211MD.org.
- The Trevor Project (national program – LGBTQIA+ suicide prevention)
- A national crisis line and counseling for LGBTQ youth 24-hour crisis line: (866) 488-7386 OR Text “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200 OR chat online.
If a young person is in physical danger, immediately call 911.
Maryland’s Helpline is available 24/7 to provide support, guidance, and assistance. Please call 211 or visit 211MD.org.
For support on Domestic Violence or Intimate Partner Violence
The National Domestic Violence Hotline and partner loveisrespect provide crisis intervention services 24/7 in a few different ways. If you or the youth are in need of help, you can:
- Call 1-800-799-7233
- Chat online by going to thehotline.org and clicking on the purple “Chat Now” box in the upper right-hand corner of the page. You can do this silently without worry of being overheard speaking on the phone.
- Text “LOVEIS” to 22522.