Emergency numbers

Important note: If you’re in a dangerous or life-threatening situation, call 911 (see below for emergency services numbers in other countries).

Emergency numbers outside the United States:

Canada: 911

Mexico: 066 or 911

UK: 999 or 112

Ireland: 999 or 112

Netherlands: 112

Germany: 112

France: 112

Australia: 000 or 112

New Zealand: 111

South Africa: 112 on mobile phones

See a complete list on the US Department of State Website

Trauma recovery and mental health

Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Somatic Experiencing are all referenced in my book Happy Days as profound resources for trauma recovery.

Check the EMDR International Association page for information and resources on Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Click the “Find a Therapist” button to find a practitioner.

Somatic Experiencing (SE) is a transformational trauma and body based therapy that can greatly support you. Visit the Somatic Experiencing Internal page to find a practitioner.

Visit the IFS Institute website to learn more about Internal Family Systems Therapy and find an IFS therapist.

Psychology Today has a directory where you can search for a therapist and filter for specialties, types of therapy and insurance.

More mental health resources

More trauma recovery resources


National Center for PTSD under U.S. Veterans Affairs

Veterans Crisis Line


Inpatient/outpatient treatment for trauma and/or addiction

If you’re seeking guidance on how to get into inpatient or outpatient treatment visit Dr. Elisa Hallerman at https://www.drhallerman.com/about-us

High Watch Recovery Center is a Connecticut-based inpatient program to heal trauma as well as co-occurring substance abuse disorders.

The Meadows is an Arizona-based inpatient program to heal trauma as well as addiction.

The Trauma Center at Justice Resource Institute offers trauma recovery in Boston.

Center for Motivation & Change is evidence-based outpatient care in New York City with inpatient care in the Berkshires. They can address both drug/alcohol addiction and trauma.

Disaster distress

Suicide prevention

United States


  • Crisis Services Canada is a suicide hotline with wonderful people to support you. They will be able to provide you with a nonjudgmental, safe and supportive plan of action.
  • 1-833-456-4566

United Kingdom



Postpartum depression and anxiety (PPA & PPD)

From the American Psychological Association

If you are having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby, take action now:

Put the baby in a safe place, like a crib. Call a friend, family member, or mental health hotline (free & staffed all day, every day) for help.

  • National Hopeline Network
    1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)
  • National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: LifeLine
    1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)
    Has hotlines for every state
  • PPDMoms
    1-800-PPDMOMS (1-800-773-6667)Call your psychologist’s or other licensed mental health provider’s emergency number. Call your doctor’s or other primary health care provider’s emergency number. Go to your local hospital emergency room. Tell someone you trust about what you are feeling; ask him or her to help you take these steps.

(Source for above guidance and resources)

More resources

Domestic violence, physical abuse & sexual assault

RAINN is an organization for helping sexual assault survivors.

  • Free, confidential sexual assault hotline is available 24/7: 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673)
  • You can also chat online with a counselor: https://www.rainn.org

The National Domestic Violence Hotline is free, confidential and available 24/7.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline serves the U.S. and Canada 24/7.

  • 1-800-422-4453
  • Assistance available in 170+ languages

Animal cruelty resources list

Addiction recovery

  • Alcoholics Anonymous  Go to the website to find an AA group near you and more information and help.
  • In The Rooms Free online addiction recovery support
  • SAMHSA.gov: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration  1-800-662-HELP (1-800-662-4357)  Confidential, free, available 24/7 in English & Spanish. This helpline is for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations. Callers can also order free publications and other information.

Find treatment programs in your state that treat addiction and dependence on opioids, such as heroin or prescription pain relievers.

You can use SAMHSA’s FindTreatment.gov to locate treatment centers for substance use disorders, addiction and mental illness.

Eating disorders

LGBTQ crisis hotlines and resources

  • oSTEM provides a list of LGBTQIA+ support resources you may find helpful
  • Trans Lifeline A 24/7 hotline available in the U.S. and Canada staffed by transgender people for transgender people in a crisis, from struggling with gender identity to thoughts of self-harm.
  • LGBTQ youth suicide prevention: 1-866-4-U-TREVOR



Emotional Freedom Technique

Important note: Unexpected emotions can arise when you practice Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT, also known as tapping). If your loss is very recent, or if you feel overwhelmed by grief, tap with caution or wait until you have recovered more. Talk your therapist or doctor before tapping if you’re new to it or not sure how to handle strong feelings that may come up.


You can also read this blog post for an overview of different grief resources (updated in June 2019).