Maryland Crisis Hotline

Maryland’s Crisis Hotline is available 24/7 to provide support, guidance, and assistance. Please call 1-800-422-0009

About the Maryland Crisis Hotline​

The Maryland Crisis Hotline began in 1990 as a youth suicide prevention line. In 2014, the line expanded to serve adults with mental health needs. In 2015, the line expanded again to take substance use calls. 

Maryland’s Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours/7 days a week to callers in need of crisis intervention, risk assessment for suicide, homicide or overdose prevention, support, guidance, and information or linkage to community behavioral health providers.  The MCH also provides assistance to access resources such as naloxone education, recovery support, veteran’s services and family services as available/appropriate for the individual. In addition to the hotline, the MCH provides live chat Mon-Fri, 4-9PM at​ with additional chat services provided by Every Mind in Montgomery County.

Trained crisis counselors are available to assist individuals struggling with issues such as substance use, depression, anxiety, suicidal/homicidal ideation or intent, physical and sexual abuse, eating disorders, sexual identity concerns, running away, relationship problems, divorce, sexually transmitted disease, school issues or any other identified concern.

The Maryland Crisis Hotline is made up of 5 non-profit agencies or “hubs”. Each of the hubs is accredited through the American Association of Suicidology and follow standards of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

When a call comes into the MCH, the caller is routed to 1 of 5 agencies depending on the first six digits of their phone number.

How does the Crisis Hotline center work?

Maryland Crisis Hotline Promotional Materials​

Below are promotional materials for the Maryland Crisis Hotline available for download.

Maryland Crisis Hotline Magnet​


Maryland Crisis Hotline Wallet Cards



Maryland Crisis Hotline Brochure​