Mental Health Resources for Members of the LGBTQIA+ Community
LGBTQIA+ individuals experience mental health struggles at higher rates than their straight and cisgender peers. Mental health challenges among the LGBTQIA+ community are primarily due to individuals facing stigma, discrimination, and bias in many forms.
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Psychiatric Association
American Psychological Association
APA LGBT Resources and Publications, including Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People
Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists
Best Practices in Schizophrenia Treatment (BeST) Center at NEOMED
Engagement Through an Intersectional Framework recorded presentation by Crystal N. Dunivant, MSW, LSW
Campus Pride serves LGBTQ and ally student leaders and campus organizations in the areas of leadership development, support programs and services to create safer, more inclusive LGBTQ-friendly colleges and universities. It exists to develop, support, and give voice and action in building future LGBTQ and ally student leaders.
Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity
The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions. Through training, coaching, and technical assistance the Center for Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity implements change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities affecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life.
The Center of Excellence offers a six-module course to equip behavioral health providers with information and practice tips to improve services for LGBTQ+ people in their care. This self-paced course provides information on terminology, general identity development, disparities among LGBTQ+ populations across the lifespan, and best practices for behavioral health providers.
The six modules include:
- Exploring SOGIE-Focused Terminology
- Understanding the Unique Needs of LGBTQ+ People
- Working with Transgender and Nonbinary Populations
- Exploration of Intersectionality
- Addressing Biases within Ourselves, Systems, and Providers
- Creating a Welcoming Environment: Enhancing Diversity and Non-Discrimination Policies and Practices
CenterLink is an international nonprofit organization and member-based association of LGBTQ centers and other LGBTQ organizations serving local and regional communities. CenterLink’s mission is to strengthen, support, and connect LGBTQ community centers.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Health includes hotlines, referral services and LGBT health clinics by state and city.
Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals
To find an LGBTQ Center on a college campus, please visit this page.
GLSEN was founded by a group of teachers in 1990 because educators play key roles in creating affirming learning environments for LGBTQ youth. GLSEN activates supportive educators and seeks to create centering and uplifting student-led movements, which have powered initiatives like the Day of Silence, Ally Week, and more.
Human Rights Campaign – LGBTQ+ Student Scholarship Database
The Human Rights Campaign Student Scholarship Database includes scholarships, fellowships and grants for LGBTQ+ and allied students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
LGBTQ+ Bar Association
The LGBTQ+ Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender legal organizations. The LGBTQ+ Bar promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBTQ+ community in all its diversity.
LGBT National Help Center
The LGBT National Help Center offers confidential peer support connections for LGBT youth, adults and seniors, including phone, text and online chat.
Mental Health America (MHA)
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI’s LGBTQI information page includes Important Risk Factors of LGBTQI Mental Health, how to find the right mental health professional and a variety of national resources.
Northwest (HHS Region 10) Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network
LGBTQIA+ Behavioral Health includes community support and resources, education for parents and allies, articles/podcasts and webinars.
Ohio Suicide Prevention Foundation
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies. With nearly 400 chapters and 250,000 members and supporters crossing multiple generations of families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas across America, PFLAG is committed to creating a world where diversity is celebrated and all people are respected, valued, and affirmed.
Pride Counseling helps individuals of every gender, orientation and identity to find professional therapy for members of the LGBTQ community. Individuals are matched with licensed therapists and can communicate via phone, video or messaging.
Safe Zone Project
The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource providing curricula, activities, and other resources for educators facilitating Safe Zone trainings (sexuality, gender, and LGBTQ+ education sessions), and learners who are hoping to explore these concepts on their own.
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex, and Gender Expansive Identities (SAIGE)
Society for Sexual, Affectional, Intersex and Gender Expansive Identifies (SAIGE) delivers educational and support resources for LGBTQ individuals, as well as promotes competency on LGBTQ issues for counseling professionals.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
March, 30, 2022, Blog post by Miriam E. Delphin-Rittmon, Ph.D., Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use
LGBTQI+ Resources – LGBTQI+ population national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources.
The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a support network for LGBTQ youth providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention, including a 24-hour text line (text “START” to 678678).
Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and microgrants 501(c)(3) non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community.
Transgender American Veterans Association
Transgender American Veterans Association engages with members, governmental agencies, other advocacy groups, media and the public to ensure members receive full services and dignified treatment by promoting the values of equality, fairness and respect on behalf of our members and provide a supportive community for veterans who identify under the “transgender umbrella.”
University of California Davis, LGBTQIA Resource Center