Some chats are open to anyone of any age and any sex, while others are targeted to specific demographics (eg: a Teenchat might be targeted strictly toward teens, a Veteranchat might be targeted strictly toward veterans).
RAINN carefully vets, trains, and monitors the performance of all staff members.
The Online Hotline works like other instant messaging and online chat systems, but with enhanced security measures.
You'll enter a private chat with a trained RAINN support specialist and chat live by typing messages back and forth.
Please make sure you are in a safe place and that you are using a secure device and Internet connection.
Please note that while we have taken numerous measures to keep your communications safe while using our site, no Internet transmission is 100% secure.
While you can opt to join a suicide prevention chat at any time, it may be best to ensure that you have a few undisturbed minutes, so that you can focus your attention on the chat.