March 31, 2022

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Caitlin Harper

LGBTQIA+ Mental Health Resources

It’s no secret that LGBTQIA+ folks face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. But everyone deserves safe and accessible mental health care and support. Whether you are looking for resources yourself or you are supporting a friend or loved one as a trusted ally, we hope this list of resources to support LGBTQIA+ mental health can help.

The resources in this list are not provided or endorsed by MyWellbeing, and MyWellbeing is not responsible for the services, content, or other resources provided by these organizations.

It’s no secret that LGBTQIA+ folks face health disparities linked to societal stigma, discrimination, and denial of their civil and human rights. But everyone deserves safe and accessible mental health care and support.

Whether you are looking for resources yourself or you are supporting a friend or loved one as a trusted ally, we hope this list of resources to support LGBTQIA+ mental health can help.

Have resource recommendations or feedback? Get in touch at [email protected].

LGBTQIA+ Crisis Resources

If you need immediate support, or you fear that your life or the life of a loved one is in danger, please consult the below resources:

  • If you need urgent assistance in the US, call 911.
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call 1-800-273-8255if you or someone you know is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress.
  • LGBT National Hotline: Call 1-888-843-4564 Monday through Friday from 4pm to midnight and Saturday from noon to 5pm EST.
  • Trans Lifeline: Call 1-877-565-8860 24 hours a day, seven days a week for trans peer support run by and for trans people.
  • Crisis Text Line: Text LGBTQIA+ to 741-741 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be connected to a crisis counselor.
  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network: Call 1-800-656-4673 to be connected with a trained staff member from a sexual assault service provider in your area.
  • MyWellbeing crisis resources list these and others to support you in times of crisis.

How to find an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist or coach

Queer and trans folks deserve to receive the mental health support they need. One of the most important things you can do to ensure that you’re receiving the best care for you is to find a therapist that will have the tools and expertise to support and affirm your identity. We’ve compiled tips to consider when trying to find an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist here and here.

If you’re hoping to connect with a therapist or coach but you’re struggling to get started, check out our ultimate guide to starting therapy or coaching or use our form to get matched with your perfect fit.

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There are some unique struggles that queer and trans folks face when trying to access mental health care. From finding an LGBTQIA-friendly therapist to clicking with a practitioner who can affirm their gender identity, it’s not always easy. So we asked our community of therapists to weigh in on how to find the best LGBTQIA-friendly therapist for you.

How to find an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist or coach

If you are looking for individual therapy, you can request a therapist who is LGBTQIA-affirming through MyWellbeing’s personalized matching process. For a higher touch match and additional referrals, please reach out to [email protected].

Here are a few more resources to find an LGBTQIA-affirming therapist or coach:

The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN): The directory of a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).

How Do I Find LGBTQIA+ Friendly Therapy?: Mental Health America’s resource for finding LGBTQIA-affirming care.

The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory: Search for LGBT-friendly healthcare professionals (from therapists to dentists) in your area.

The Association of LGBTQIA+ Psychiatrists: AGLP’s Online Referral System helps you find a psychiatric referral in your area.

GLBT Near Me (A Program of the GLBT National Help Center): Search different categories, including health, professional, recovery, and crisis in your area.

Gaylesta, The Psychotherapist Association for Gender & Sexual Diversity: Search by location, specific issues, and techniques.

General Resources for mental health and LGBTQIA+ mental health

The American Psychological Association (APA): Provides resources on a range of LGBTQIA+ topics.

Human Rights Campaign: America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQIA+ equality, providing information and resources for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies.

The National Center for Transgender Equality: Offers resources for transgender individuals.

If you’re having trouble finding support groups in your area, connect with folks on online forums like Empty Closets.

Text, chat, and hotlines for LGBTQIA+ folks

The LGBT National Help Center: Offers confidential peer support connections for LGBTQIA+ folks of all ages via phone, text, and online chat.

The Trevor Project: A support network for LGBTQIA+ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention 24/7/365.

SAGE National LGBTQIA+ Elder Hotline: Connects LGBTQIA+ older people who want to talk with friendly responders who are ready to listen.

LGBT National Youth Talkline: Open daily, with trained peer counselors ready to talk about mental health, dating, coming out, sexual health, and more.

Trans Lifeline: Provides trans peer support by and for trans people.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline is a free, anonymous, 24/7 helpline and chat service for anyone struggling with issues related to suicide.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline: NAMI offers a daily hotline that you can call to talk about mental health and find resources in your area.

Trans-specific mental health resources

The National Center for Transgender Equality: Offers resources for transgender individuals, including information on the right to access health care.

Trans Lifeline: Provides trans peer support by and for trans people.

QTBIPoC-specific mental health resources

Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ Health: Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board’s resources for Two Spirit and LGBTQIA+ folks.

The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN): This is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).

Questions to Help QTBIPOC Find Affirming Mental Health Providers: A Resource Created in Partnership with Mental Health America and the Human Rights Campaign: Questions that you can ask therapists to find out if they are culturally responsive and/or LGBTQ-inclusive. 

Age-specific resources for LGBTQIA+ folks

SAGE National LGBTQIA+ Elder Hotline: Connects LGBTQIA+ older people who want to talk with friendly responders who are ready to listen.

LGBT National Youth Talkline: Open daily, with trained peer counselors ready to talk about mental health, dating, coming out, sexual health, and more.

Love is Respect: A national resource to disrupt and prevent unhealthy relationships and intimate partner violence by empowering young people through inclusive and equitable education, support, and resources.

National Runaway Safeline: The Safeline is available for all youth who feel unsafe at home, are considering running away from home, or have run away.

Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN): National network of educators, students, and local chapters working to give students a safe, supportive, and LGBTQIA+ inclusive education.

Genders & Sexualities Alliance Network: GSA clubs are student-run organizations that unite LGBTQIA+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities.

It Gets Better Project: The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQIA+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.

Q Chat Space: A digital LGBTQIA+ center where teens join live-chat, professionally facilitated, online support groups.

LGBTQIA+ resources for veterans and service members

VA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Veteran Care: Resources from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

LGBTQIA+ resources for addiction and recovery

Pride Institute: Offers inclusive and accepting recovery programs for members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Gays and Lesbians in Alcoholics Anonymous: Find LGBTQIA-friendly meetings all over the world.

Have resource recommendations or feedback? Get in touch at [email protected].

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About the author

Caitlin is MyWellbeing's Content Lead, a writer, speaker, communication coach, and the founder of Commcoterie, a communication consultancy. She teaches teams how to use professional coaching communication techniques in their everyday conversations, helps leaders engage their teams with effective and inclusive communication, and partners with service providers to activate their programs and offerings with their own clients through inspiring communication strategies. Find out more, including how to work with her, at www.commcoterie.com.

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