Hey Sam

If you or someone you know is feeling lonely, depressed, overwhelmed, or having thoughts of suicide, we are here for you.

Hey Sam is a dedicated peer-to-peer texting service for people up to 24 years old.

  • Designed for and staffed by young people
  • Free and confidential
  • Nonjudgmental

Whatever the reason, reach out. You are not alone.

Text: 439-726 | Hours: 9AM-12AM (Midnight) ET

Our Impact

Since the launch of Hey Sam in March 2022:


young people have used Hey Sam


young people engaged as peer-to-peer text support

over 4,500

text conversations have been received

How it Works

  1. Text Hey Sam at 439-726 when you need to talk.
  2. You will get an automated response right away while we connect you with one of our trained team members.
  3. We will ask for your name and why you are reaching out, but only share what you are comfortable sharing.
  4. Our team member will listen to you. We will not give advice or try to “fix” anything. We simply want to support you in whatever you are experiencing.

Become a Hey Sam Volunteer

You can be the caring listener when someone texts Hey Sam. Volunteers:

  • Must be 15 to 24 years old
  • Complete a thorough online training program
  • Able to work a consistent 4-hour shift every week
  • Can work from anywhere in the world

Fill out the volunteer inquiry form.

Hey Sam Advisory Board

Hey Sam is more than just a youth-focused program, it’s youth-powered. The members of the Hey Sam Advisory Board help to inform Hey Sam’s operations and outreach, ensuring the program aligns with the needs and experiences of their peers.

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By texting short code 439-726 you will be connected to a support line chat. Message frequency varies. Message and data rates may apply. Carriers are not liable for delayed or undelivered messages. If you no longer wish to receive messages from Hey Sam, you may opt out at any time by texting the word STOP. You may opt back in by texting the services again. You may reply HELP for help. While Hey Sam operates from 9am to 12am Midnight ET, Samaritans Helpline is available 24/7 by phone or text at 988 and is available to anyone of any age. You may contact Hey Sam by email at [email protected] with questions about these Terms.  Privacy Policy