Your Number Story


Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Nadine Burke Harris talk ACEs.


Right Now

If you are in crisis or want help right now, reach out using one of the resources below. Or, scroll down for strategies you can use right now.

We all need help sometimes. Don’t hesitate to reach out.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

If you are having thoughts of suicide or are worried you may harm yourself, contact the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7 confidential support at no cost whether you’re in need of immediate help or are looking for prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.




Dial 711, then 988

Crisis Text Line

If you need crisis counseling right now, you can contact the Crisis Text Line for free counseling 24/7 by texting the word ACES to 741741, or visit

Domestic Violence Hotline

If you are a victim of domestic violence and need help, call or chat the national Domestic Violence Hotline for free, 24/7.

National Child Abuse Hotline

You can call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline:

  • If you are a survivor of child abuse or neglect and want someone to talk to
  • If you suspect a child is being abused, neglected, or harmed
  • If you are a parent or caregiver, and need some help or guidance
  • If you are a child and someone is hurting, abusing, or neglecting you

Additional Resources

For crisis hotlines focused on specific needs, click here for a list of where to go.

For information, resources, and assistance on several common issues that families face, explore the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Strategies you can use right now

When we’re affected by ACEs and toxic stress as children, our “fight, flight, or freeze” response may be dysregulated, even as adults.

If you sometimes find yourself panicked, have trouble breathing, or notice your heart racing and you’re not sure why those things are happening, it may be a result of a stress response system that’s out of balance.

The good news is that there are steps we can take to help regulate these systems and bring ourselves back into balance.

Check out these tools and perhaps try one of them right now. We recommend bookmarking this page so you can access these tools when you need them.

Get grounded
Shake it off
Take a deep (belly) breath