Sometimes it can feel like you are alone. But you’re not, and there are people you can talk to now.
DENVER – Members of the LGBTQ+ community often spend part or all of their lives trying to find acceptance in their communities. It becomes even more devastating when the same people are the targets of violence.
Being able to handle the news is never easy when you hear about incidents like the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Saturday night or the shooting at Pulse in Orlando in 2016.
While the victims and their friends and families suffer the most, the pain felt by the rest of the LGBTQ+ community is very real, as they see themselves and their communities come under attack again.
It can feel hopeless sometimes, but there are people you can talk to so you don’t feel so isolated. You don’t have to go it alone; There are people who want to help.
The hotline provides a safe, anonymous and confidential space where callers can talk about a variety of issues including but not limited to: issues coming out, 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
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7 free and confidential support for people in crisis just by dialing 988 either 1-800-273-8255,
The Trevor Project aims to end suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth. TravellerLifeline/Chat/Text: 24/7 support via phone, text or online instant messaging.
Colorado Crisis Services
There are four ways to get confidential and immediate support: By phone 1-844-493-8255, on text message (text the word 38255 from “talk”), Via an online chat service, or at walk-in centers throughout Metro Denver, the North, Southeast Region, and the West Slope. Many of these services are available 24/7.
Trained counselors are available to help with relationship problems, depression, bullying, stress, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, family crisis, and much more.
This advocacy organization hosts a variety of online mental health screening in both English and SpanishOne mental health toolkit For schools, a page dedicated to the latest mental health researchPlus a variety of events throughout the year.
Colorado Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health
You can find your nearest Community Mental Health Center using this link. All centers accept Medicaid and most have payment options available for those who do not have insurance.
TRUE Center for Gender Diversity
Children’s Hospital Colorado’s TRUE Center for Gender Diversity is a comprehensive care center established specifically for gender-diverse children, adolescents and young adults. for more information call720-777-TRUE(720-777-8783) or email [email protected]
Trans Youth Equality Foundation
Trans Youth Equality Foundation (TYEF) provides education, advocacy and support for transgender and gender non-conforming children and youth and their families. Its mission is to share information about the unique needs of this community by partnering with families, educators and service providers to help promote a healthy, caring and safe environment for all transgender children. You can find information for parents and legal guardians here.
Here is a list of inclusive hotlines for the LGBTQ+ community provided by the Human Rights Campaign:
substance abuse resources
Find information about meetings throughout Colorado as well as events hosted by AA and other services and programs.
A division of UCHealth, CeDAR offers 30- to 120-day residential treatment programs, outpatient treatment programs, medically supervised detox programs, and recovery management.
Denver Health Step Program
The Substance Abuse Treatment, Education and Prevention Program was established specifically to assist adolescents and young adults between the ages of 11 and 24. It offers a 12-week outpatient program on Denver Health’s campus and in several Denver public schools.
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