The Hug Page

The Hug Page is here. Because, whoever we are, we still need hugs. This is still the best place to come if you’re feeling sad and need a hug from BlogClan…

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[image description: gif of a brown bear sitting down and raising its arms with a smile and blushing cheeks. “FREE BEAR HUGS” is written at the top with a red arrow pointing down at the bear.]

(Sh! This is a new Hug Page. You can find the old one here)

If you feel unsafe in your situation, please call one of the following hotlines or talk to an adult that you trust:

Click for hotlines
Sexual assault US: 1-800-656-4673
National runaway hotlines US: 1-800-786-2929 (call), Text 66008 (text)
Child abuse hotline US: 1-800-422-4453 (call), Text 1-800-422-4453 (text)
National alliance on mental illness US: 1-800-950-6264
BullyingCanada: (877) 352-4497 (call or text), Support@BullyingCanada.ca (email)
Trevor project (LGBTQ+): 1-866-488-7386 (call), Text START to 678678 (text)
Trans lifeline US: 1-877-565-8860
Trans lifeline Canada: 1-877-330-6366
Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868 (call), Text CONNECT to 686868 (text), click for live chat
Crisis Text Line US: Text HOME to 741741 
Crisis Text Line Canada: Text HOME to 686868
Crisis Text Line UK: Text SHOUT to 85258
Anxiety UK Infoline (Telephone): 03444 775 774
Anxiety UK Infoline (Text): 07537 416 905
Childline UK: 0800 1111
Samaritans UK Helpline: 116 123
Samaritans UK Charity Email: jo@samaritans.org
No Panic UK (Charity that offers support for panic attacks and OCD): 0844 967 4848
Beat UK (For eating disorders): 0808 801 0677 (adults) or 0808 801 0711 (for under-18s)
LGBT Foundation UK Helpline: 0345 3 30 30 30
Switchboard LGBT+ UK Helpline: 0300 330 0630
Self Injury Helpline UK: 0808 800 8088
Mind (UK Mental Health Charity) Infoline: 0300 123 3393
Crisis Connections Teen Link (anonymous and confidential; USA): 866-833-6546
Australian Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800
QLife (AU LGBTQ+) 1800 184 527
Butterfly Foundation (AU Eating Disorders) 1800 33 4673
1800RESPECT (AU Domestic Violence and Abuse) 1800 737 732
Black Dog Institute (AU Mental Health) (02) 9382 4530
Scope Helpline UK (People with disabilities): 0808 800 3333
SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) Information Service: 0141 530 1000
Support In Mind Scotland: 0131 662 4359
The Mix UK Helpline: 0808 808 4994
Bi-Polar UK: 0333 323 3880
Saneline UK: 0300 304 7000
Mermaids UK (Support for transgender, nonbinary and gender-diverse people up to 18): 0808 801 0400
YoungMinds UK (Mental Health Support): 0808 802 5544
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM) UK: 0800 58 58 58
Mencap UK (Learning Disabilities): 0808 808 1111
Samaritans Welsh Language Line UK: 0808 164 0123
BEAT UK (Wales): 0808 801 0433
Stonewall UK (LQBTQIA+): 0800 050 2020
Hope Again UK (Bereavement support for young people; also available in Welsh): 0808 808 1677
Stop Hate UK (Hate Crimes): 0808 801 0576 (Phone); 07717 989025 (textline)
Victim Support UK: 0808 168 9111
Runaway Helpline UK: 116 000 (Phone or Text)

International suicide hotlines
Some countries have multiple hotlines. Those numbers have been separated by semi-colons and clarification on region and/or organization has been put in parentheses where applicable.
Argentina Suicide Hotline: 902 500 002
Australia: 13 11 14; 08 93 88 2500 (Youth Suicide Prevention)
Chile Suicide Hotline: (00 56 42) 22 12 00
China (People’s Republic of China): 0800-810-1117 (Beijing); +852 28 960 000 (Hong Kong)
Argentina: +5402234930430
Austria: 017133374
Belgium: 106
Bosnia & Herzegovina: 080 05 03 05
Botswana: 3911270
Brazil: 212339191; 55 11 31514109; (91) 3223-0074
Bulgaria: 0035 9249 17 223
Canada: 1-866-531-2600; 5147234000 (Montreal); 18662773553 (outside Montreal)
Croatia: 014833888
Denmark: +4570201201
Ecuador Suicide Hotline: (593) 2 6000 477
Egypt: 7621602
Finland: 010 195 202
France: 0145394000
Germany: 08001810771; 0800 111 0 111
Hong Kong: +852 2382 0000
Hungary: 116123
Iceland: 1717
India: 8888817666; 91-22-27546669
Iran: 1480
Ireland: +4408457909090
Italy: 800860022
Japan: 81 (0) 3 5286 9090 (Tokyo)
Mexico: 5255102550; 9453777
New Zealand: 0508828865
The Netherlands: 113
Norway: +4781533300
Philippines: 028969191
Poland: 5270000
Russia: 0078202577577; (495) 625 3101
Spain: 914590050
South Africa: 0514445691; 0800 12 13 14
Sweden: 46317112400
Switzerland: 143
United Kingdom: 08457909090; 08006895652 (National Suicide Prevention Helpline); 0800 068 4141 (Papyrus HOPELINEUK)
USA: 18002738255
Venezuela Suicide Hotline: 0241-8433308

If you know other hotlines that provide support that are not on this list, feel free to contact a BlogTeam member to add it to this list.

Regarding replies that mention or are about religion: Generally, religion should be avoided when replying to other people to give them hugs, such as stating that you will be praying for them. However, exceptions will be made if the person asking for hugs is asking for prayers from people who practice the same religion as them or if they are open about what religion they practice. Otherwise, people who do not practice the same religion or do not practice any religion should steer clear of providing religion-related comfort if they don’t know if another BlogClanner practices a specific religion.

A note from BlogTeam: From now on, we will no longer moderate comments on the Hug Page that go into specific detail about events. Instead, commenters will post in a vague manner, such as “I’m having a bad day, I could really use some hugs”, and other BlogClanners are welcome to provide comfort and support. This change is not because of any specific event or person, but because it is extremely difficult to mitigate questionable comments and determine what parts of certain comments are suitable to moderate, as well as making sure that replies with advice are in no way harmful to the original poster or others. If you ever feel like you need advice about a serious situation, you are welcome to reach out to BlogTeam, because your health and safety is our top priority. However, no one on BlogTeam is or has ever been a mental health professional in any way, and all we can do is provide advice. We implore you to always reach out to a trusted adult or hotline (listed above) about a situation that worries you. You are still welcome to come to the Hug Page if you need any hugs or comfort from your BlogClan peers, but the cause of your distress can no longer be explained——no matter the situation. Thank you so much for understanding <3

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