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Crisis support

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a free, confidential service that connects anyone experiencing suicidal thoughts or emotional distress with local crisis centers across the United States. Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) for crisis support.

Crisis Text Line
The mobile service offers 24/7 support from trained crisis counselors in the United States at no cost.  Text TWT to 741741 for crisis support in the US.

833 Teen Text – A United Way of Southwest Louisiana Initiative
This is a crisis counseling text hotline provided by Vialink.  The counseling is free and is available 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days a year.  The number is: 833.TXT.TEEN or 833-989-8336

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Founded in 1987, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the nation’s largest single provider of education, prevention, and research for those affected by suicide.

National Sexual Assault Hotline
Survivors of sexual harassment and assault can reach out to the national the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s confidential hotline to speak with a trained member of local RAINN affiliate organization. By calling 800-656-4673 or using the live chat online, you can discuss your experiences, obtain medical and legal information, and receive additional resources and support. As the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the United States, RAINN also offers a comprehensive list of resources to help assault survivors and their loved ones.

Veterans Crisis Line
The Veterans Crisis Line provides confidential support for veterans and service members, as well as their families and friends. Trained responders from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs are available through online chat, by texting 838255, or by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-273-8255.

LGBTQ support

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping LGBTQ youth by providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention methods. Trained counselors at the organization can be reached 24/7 through an online chat, by texting “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 Monday through Friday from 3pm–10pm EST, or by calling the TrevorLifeline any time at 866-488-7386.

The organization also offers TrevorSpace — a safe online space for members of the youth LGBTQ community to interact with one another, build meaningful relationships, and offer support.

Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is another option for transgender people seeking help in time of emotional crisis. Currently, the hotline is staffed by trans volunteers 18 hours a day, every day of the week. United States residents can call 877-565-8860, and people in Canada can call 877-330-6366.

The World Professional Organization for Transgender Health is a non-profit whose mission is to promote a high quality of care for transsexual, transgender, and gender-nonconforming individuals internationally.

National Center for Transgender Equality
The National Center for Transgender Equality outlines how and where to make legal changes regarding gender. Find more information about how to makes changes in Louisiana.

Louisiana Trans Associates
Louisiana Trans Associates’ resource list has a list of resources on where to find out more information about information needed to change legal name and gender marker on identity documents, a trans-friendly health care provider list, and more.

Other Local Resources

In the event of a medical or psychiatric emergency, immediately contact 911 or go to the emergency room nearest your location. 

Lake Charles Memorial Hospital – Archer Institute
Phone: 337-480-7792
Fax: 337-480-7743
Address: Adult, Adolescent & Children: 6713 Nelson Road, Lake Charles 70605.
Geriatric: 1701 Oak Park Blvd., 10 Tower, Lake Charles 70601

Family & Youth Counseling
Phone: 337-436-9533
Fax: 337-439-9941.
Family & Youth offers classes, programs and support groups to assist families and children. See their website for a list. 
Address: 220 Louie St., Lake Charles, LA 70601.

Alcohol and Abuse Helpline Alcoholics Anonymous
To find meetings in SWLA, visit their website or call 337-480-0120.

Lake Charles Behavioral Health Clinic
Phone: 337-475-8022, or toll-free at 1-866-698-5304
Fax: 337-475-8054
Address: 4105 Kirkman Street, Lake Charles, LA 70607.

New Life Counseling
Phone: 337-474-7003/800-712-4357
Fax: 337-474-1282
Address: 631 E. School Street Lake Charles, LA 70607

Oceans Behavioral Hospital – Lake Charles
Phone: 337-474-7581
Fax: 337-474-7565
Address: 4250 5th Ave., Lake Charles, LA 70607

Oceans Behavioral Hospital – DeRidder
Phone: 337-460- 9472
Fax: 337-460-9473
Address: 1420 Blankenship Dr., DeRidder, LA 70634