You are panicked, short of breath, and the pain is so palpable that you cannot feel or think about anything else. The terror of picking up the phone to call a hotline not knowing who will answer prevents you from doing so. Or, even if you have the courage to pick up the phone, the sound of the person's voice scares you and you hang up. We know this happens because over 30% of all people who call suicide hotlines do just that—they hang up as soon as they hear the human voice.
“IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.”
More importantly, we recognize the technological age we find ourselves in today and we know that millions of people in crisis will never pick up the phone. We believe that IMAlive is part of the solution to the problem. IMAlive is a live online network that uses instant messaging to respond to people in crisis. People need a safe place to go during moments of crisis and intense emotional pain.
Imagine again you’re that person in crisis, and you’ve started a chat on IMAlive. The blinking cursor starts to move.
IMAlive is the world's first virtual crisis center. It is the world's first crisis center where 100% of the volunteers are trained in crisis intervention. In the first year since the launch IMAlive has helped thousands of people in crisis.
Help us achieve our dream and vision for building the world’s first virtual crisis support network. Learn more about becoming an IMAlive volunteer today.
The IMAlive Network is currently made possible through the support of the PostSecret community. PostSecret is an ongoing community mail art project, created by Frank Warren, in which people mail their secrets anonymously on a homemade postcard.
Since 1998, The Kristin Brooks Hope Center, founders of 1-800-SUICIDE, have responded to more than 7 million calls and chats from people in crisis and are the pioneers behind the IMAlive Network.
For many people, the only thing holding them back from becoming an IMAlive volunteer is the cost of training and certification.
Donate to any of our registered IMAlive volunteers that show the "Support Me" badge and help them reach their goal to begin training.
Erica A. from Illinois
Member since August, 2016
Ashley J. from Virginia
Member since April, 2016
Andrea B. from Pennsylvan...
Member since December, 2014
Christopher M. from New Jersey
Member since December, 2015
Lauren R. from Ohio
Member since May, 2016