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Happy Pride Month! Mental Health Resources for LGBTQIA+

By on June 3, 2020 in Articles

Pride month is a time for the LGBTQIA+ community and allies to come together in solidarity to celebrate and embrace identity. We want to remind our families and caregivers that your support and acceptance of your loved one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression directly impacts their mental wellness and personal safety.

Unfortunately, LGBTQIA+ individuals often face discrimination making it difficult to access quality treatment for mood disorders. Many people learn that thot all mental health providers understand their experiences. These negative interactions with providers can mean our loved ones are less likely to seek help when they need it most.

What can you do? Get familiar with these reputable mental health resources created for LGBTQIA+ people and share them with your loved ones.

National Crisis Resources

Crisis Text Line

Crisis Text Line connects texters with trained volunteer Crisis Counselors to help resolve times of crisis. This service tries to match texters with Crisis Counselors who have shared lived experiences. Learn more: www.crisistextline.org

  • Text “LGBTQ” to 741741
  • Hours: Available 24/7
  • Cost: Standard messaging rates apply

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning young people under 25. Learn more: www.thetrevorproject.org

TrevorLifeline

  • Phone: 1-866-488-7386
  • Hours: Available 24/7
  • Cost: Free

TrevorText

  • Text the word “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200
  • Hours: 7 days a week, 3pm to 10pm
  • Cost: Standard messaging rates apply

TrevorChat: Online instant messaging with a TrevorChat counselor.

  • Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project’s Website
  • Hours: 7 days a week, 3-10pm
  • Cost: Free

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well being of transgender people. The hotline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Learn more: www.translifeline.org

  • Phone: 1-877-565-8860
  • Hours: Every day of the week from 11am to 5am
  • Cost: Free

Local Resources

Human Rights Campaign Healthcare Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign provides the national LGBTQ benchmarking tool, which evaluates healthcare facilities’ policies and practices related to LGBTQ patients, visitors, and employees.

  • Search the Healthcare Equality Index to see what local facilities have been evaluated in your area.
  • Cost: Free

GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality

GLMA works to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and healthcare providers. They offer a directory for patients to connect with LGBT welcoming profiders. Learn more: www.glma.org

  • Provider Directory
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Free

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bixexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Their website offers education, stories, and directory of local resources to help get the support your loved one needs. Learn more: www.itgetsbetter.org

  • Get the Support You Need
  • Hours: 24/7
  • Cost: Free

Education

  • Helping Families Support Their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Children, a report that provides information about sexual orientation and gender identity to help friends, family, and other adults support LGBT children and adolescents.
  • A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children, a resource guide that offers information and resources to help practitioners throughout health and social service systems implement best practices in engaging and helping families and caregivers to support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender children.
  • Reducing LGBTQ+ Teen Suicidal Behavior, Care for Your Mind article written by Susan Weinstein.

Source: Families for Depression Awareness. For more information visit them at www.familyaware.org/lgbtqia_resources

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