Pride month is a time for the LGBTQIA+ community 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 and/or gender identity directly impacts their mental wellness and personal safety.

Unfortunately, LGBTQIA+ individuals often face discrimination. Many learn that not 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 experience. Learn more: www.crisistextline.org

  • Text ‘LGBTQ’ to 741 741
  • 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: Monday through Friday between 3pm to 10pm ET/ Noon- 7pm PT
  • Cost: Standard messaging rates apply

TrevorChat: Online instant messaging with a TrevorChat counselor.

Trans Lifeline

Trans Lifeline is a new 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 ET
  • Cost: Free

Local Resources

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 providers. Learn more: www.glma.org

It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, 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

This list is not exhaustive! If you know of another mental health resource for LGBTQIA+ people please share it with us. Email info@familyaware.org, mark the subject line ‘LGBTQ resource’ and send us all relevant information.

Last revised: May 2018