Mental Health Resources After a Mass Shooting

(Colorado) – The city of Colorado Springs has created a page on its website to provide mental health resources for victims and families in the wake of the overnight shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Nov. 19.

There are not only local resources to help, but also throughout Colorado and nationally. There are people you can talk to and resources you can access now.

Local Resources:

  • Inside Out Youth Services Inside Out Youth Services aims to build access, equality, and empowerment with LGBTQIA2+ youth ages 13 to 24 in the Pikes Peak region. They are a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs.
    • The organization originally shut down its Discord servers for the holiday break, but reopened the virtual platform for the community to come together and process the Club Q shooting incidents.
    • Call 1-719-328-1056 or email them [email protected],
  • Cedar Springs Hospital – Cedar Springs provides 24/7 referral and assessment by phone or online for individuals of all ages who suffer from mental disorders, substance abuse or co-morbid conditions.
  • various – Provides a 24/7 walk-in Crisis Center for all ages, regardless of ability to pay, for crisis services and counseling as well as round-the-clock care for mental wellness.
  • peak view – Provides 24/7 complimentary assessment for individuals of all ages seeking help and support for mental health and/or substance abuse.

statewide resources

  • Colorado Crisis Services – Trained counselors are available to help with depression, bullying, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, family crises, relationship problems, and more.
    • To receive confidential and immediate assistance, you can: Call 1-844-493-8255text “TALK” 38255Use the online chat service, or visit walk-in centers located throughout the Southeast region (Colorado Springs and Pueblo), the West Slope (Montrose), the Northeast region, and the Metro Denver area.
  • TRUE Center for Gender Diversity – The Tru Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado is the only comprehensive care center in the Rocky Mountain region set up specifically for gender-diverse children, adolescents and young adults, according to their website.
    • A team that specializes in helping patients achieve the gender expression that is right for them. They understand the medications and medical concerns that involve gender transitions, but also the emotional challenges of gender diversity.
    • The center also provides gender diversity services such as puberty-blocking medications, hormone therapy, gender counseling, nutrition services, referrals to therapy and support groups, legal name changes, and assistance with gender marker changes.
    • Call (720) 777-correct (8783) or email [email protected]
  • mental health colorado – This organization offers a variety of online mental health screenings in both English and Spanish to determine whether you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition. The organization provides support, housing and access to other services for families.

national resource

  • LGBTQ+ National Hotline– The LGBTQIA+ National Hotline is staffed by highly trained volunteers who identify somewhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. They provide a secure space that is anonymous and private.
    • Callers may talk about many different issues and concerns, including but not limited to: coming out issues, gender and/or sexuality identity, relationship concerns, bullying, workplace issues, HIV/AIDS concerns, safe sex information, suicide, and more.
    • Call 1-888-843-4564 ,
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for suicidal crisis or emotional distress, prevention and resources for you or your loved ones, along with best practices for professionals in the United States.
    • Call 1-800-273-CHARGE (8255)or dial 988 ,
  • trevor project – You can call, text or chat with trained counselors who will provide information and support 24/7 to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. The Trevor Project aims to end suicide among LGBTQIA+ youth.
  • trans lifeline – Trans Lifeline’s hotline is a peer support phone service run by trans people for trans and questioning individuals. Its goal is to connect trans people with community support and resources.
  • black lineBlackLine is a 24-hour hotline for the Black, Black LGBTQIA+, Brown, Native and Muslim communities. However, no one will be turned away from the hotline.
    • According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Centre, Blackline aims to provide an anonymous and confidential opportunity for individuals to report negative, physical and inappropriate contact with police and vigilantes.
    • Call 1 (800) 604-5841 ,
  • DeQH Hotline – DEQH provides confidential support to South Asian queer, gay, bi, lesbian trans, non-binary, questioning individuals from trained South Asian LGBQ/TGNB+ peer support volunteers in the US.
  • distress text line – lessons to home 741741To reach out to a crisis counselor. The Crisis Text Line serves anyone in any type of crisis, providing free, 24/7 support.
    • Their website says, “Distress doesn’t just mean thinking about ending your life.” “It’s a painful feeling and anytime you need support.”

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