Do you need to talk to someone? is a StarVista program that provides a safe and anonymous place for teens & youth to talk, find support, and explore resources. Reaching out can feel overwhelming and scary, especially to a stranger. You can talk about anything that’s on your mind- including relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, and health. We don’t share your information outside of the chat.

All are welcome on the chat. We ask that you adhere to our Chat Agreements to keep the chat safe for everyone. The chat is based in San Mateo County, California, but anyone can use our service. You can also submit a question to be answered on our Q&A page or check out Resources for additional information and support. 

What your online peer counselor will do

  • Listen with compassion and without judgment
  • Provide emotional support
  • Help brainstorm coping strategies and solutions
  • Offer resources if wanted

Teen Chat Hours

Chat Hours

Monday – Thursday

4:30PM-9:30PM Pacific Standard Time

If the chat is closed, Lifeline Crisis Chat is available 24/7

To make a donation to onyourmind, please click here. 

Some warning signs before suicide include:


  • Hopelessness
  • Depression
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Worthlessness


  • No one cares about me
  • I am all alone
  • No one understands me
  • No one would miss me if I were gone
  • I can’t take it anymore


  • Loss of interest in activities
  • Writing a will
  • Giving away possessions
  • Poor concentration
  • Initiating fights

Teen Chat Closed?

Call The 24/7 Hotline 650-579-0350 or

Visit The Lifeline Crisis Chat Room

For Emergencies, Call 911

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