It’s widely known that members of the LGBTQ community can experience significant mental health challenges including anxiety and depression. These challenges range from problems with family members refusing to accept their sexuality to difficulties developing and maintaining supportive networks. It’s important to understand that help is available for your challenges. This is a brief guide to the LGBTQ mental health resources available to the community.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the country’s leading 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline. Teams at the hotline provide toll-free guidance to those within the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning communities. In addition to their Trevor lifeline hotline, the organization offers their TrevorChat instant messaging system that allows for immediate consultation over instant messenger with a counselor.
GLBT National Help Center
The GLBT National Help Center provides members of the LGBTQ community direct access to free and confidential peer support for questions about the LGBTQ community, relationships, or sexuality. They provide a hotline specifically for young people and a national hotline for all members of the community. The GLBT National Help Center also operates a regularly updated website providing members of the LGBTQ community with direct access to the latest information and guidance.
GAL-AA (Gays and Lesbians in Alcoholics Anonymous) is a support group for those within the LGBTQ community going through alcohol addiction issues. The group organizes meetings for those with alcohol addiction issues throughout communities across the United States and invites LGBTQ members to discuss their specific alcohol-related mental health challenges.
Mental Health America
Formed in 1909, Mental Health America has become one of the leading organizations that provide mental health resources to people across the country. The organization has a full department dedicated to meeting the resources of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people across the country. Mental Health America offers access to peer supported groups, medication information, and hospitalization options for those within the LGBTQ community experiencing mental health challenges. Their website has a complete list of resources for those seeking therapy within their region.
While LGBTQ mental health challenges have been under-investigated and ignored for generations, there are now many options for those experiencing a personal crisis. To learn more about LGBTQ mental health resources or to talk to a therapist, call or contact us today at 202-641-5335.