You’re valued, wanted, needed.

Many of us, because of the nature of our mission and work, and because of the world we live in, have experienced adverse events, traumas, violence, and forms of oppression. We are not immune to feeling stressed and distressed as a result of these experiences. The work we do can be activating and painful, it may remind us of our own past traumatic experiences and the traumas facing our loved ones and communities. Many of us hold marginalized identities, and live with multiple forms of oppression on different levels. All of these factors can affect us and activate us in different ways. March For Our Lives aims to create a culture of care and support within our movement, we also recognize that sometimes that means situations require expertise and training, and we may need to involve other professionals. 

Whether you are a survivor, activist, organizer, journalist, have lost a loved one to gun violence, are experiencing secondary trauma, or having a hard time during the COVID-19 pandemic, we encourage you to reach out to someone for help. If you are dealing with any level of trauma it is important to recognize the trauma and seek proper resources. 


These resources and statements are not intended to provide or be a substitute for professional (medical, psychiatric, psychological, therapeutic, etc.) assessment, intervention, care or treatment. 

Want to talk to someone?

You can call or text any of these hotlines at any time of day, free of charge, whether it’s urgent or you just need someone to talk to.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Crisis Text Line

Text HOME to 741741

Crisis Text Line via NAMI

Text NAMI to 741741

Trevor LifeLine for LGBTQIA+ Youth

1-866-488-7386

TrevorText for LGBTQIA+ Youth

Text START to 678-678

LGBTQ+ Youth National Hotline

1-888-843-4564

Steve Fund Crisis line for BIPOC Youth

Text STEVE to 741741

Trans LifeLine

1-877-565-8860

Distress Text Option for folks who are hard of hearing or deaf

To connect directly to an agent in American Sign Language, click now or call 1-800-985-5990 from your videophone. ASL Support is available 24/7.

Para las personas que hablan español

Llama o envía un mensaje de texto 1-800-985-5990 presiona “2”

Additional resources

Click to expand additional resources and helplines for different situations.

Support w/ Natural Disasters & Mass Violence

SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (press 2 for Spanish)

Mobile Crisis and Crisis Response
  • Google: “Mobile Crisis near me,” or “mobile crisis” / “mobile crisis response
    unit” and name of city/county
  • NAMI helpline: 1-800-950-NAMI (6264) (for individuals and supports)
Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Abuse and other Interpersonal Trauma
I'm on a university or college campus

Most campuses have a counseling and psychological services department. At most universities, these sessions are free of charge, and short term, and most campuses offer more in-depth referral services as well.

Some university and college campuses even have 24-hour crisis hotlines where more individualized, emergency or crisis support can be offered locally.

Wellness Practices

Like our physical health, there are aspects of our mental health that we need to understand and manage the best we can, taking positive actions to feel better today and protecting our emotional well-being from future problems. Actively practicing self-care (exercising, meditation, getting enough sleep) and developing good coping strategies (journaling, talking with friends, gratitude exercises), can make us more resilient and protected when we do face challenges or difficult situations. It’s also important to reach out for support and discuss our feelings if we need it. (from Mental Health is Health)

More resources on wellness available here.