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Mental Health Resources

It’s finally here! Back to school season! While going back to school may look and feel different from years past, we want to offer resources to support navigating the school year.

We totally get it - last year was hard. So this year we are sharing resources focused on mental health and wellness to get you going for anything that may be ahead this year.

This guide is designed to offer supplemental tools and access points to the LGBTQ community to support your well-being. While this is not a comprehensive list, we also acknowledge this list is not a replacement for mental health support from professionals including but not limited to therapists, psychiatrists, primary care physicians and any helping professionals who are trained in this work. This list is an on-going list of resources to support your overall goals towards wellness and mental health.

Online Helplines [Call, Chat & Text]

  • Trevor Project Trevor Project trained counselors are here to support you 24/7. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386.
  • TrevorText Text START to 678-678. Confidential text messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7/365. Standard text messaging rates apply.
  • TrevorSpace — An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.
  • Trevor Support Center — Where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.
  • TrevorChat
    • Confidential online instant messaging with a Trevor counselor, available 24/7. Access through a computer, as you may have technical difficulties if using a smartphone or tablet.
  • National Runaway Safeline is a federally designated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth, available 24/7/365, providing access to resources and listening professionals. Call NRS at 1-800-RUNAWAY or visit 1800runaway.org
  • Trans Lifeline Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people located all over the US and Canada, for trans and questioning callers. Call Trans Lifeline Hotline at 877-565-8860
  • The LGBT National Help Center offers a talkline and weekly chatrooms for youth, providing confidential peer-support, information, local resources and community.

LGBTQ Social Chat Spaces

Youth Q Chat Space is a bully-free online community of LGBTQ teens that can chat with other LGBTQ teens and trained staff from LGBTQ centers around the country. You can access Q Chat Space at www.qchatspace.org

Gender Spectrum Lounge is a global online community for gender-expansive teens, their families and support professionals to connect, collaborate and find resources. You can access the Gender Spectrum Lounge at genderspectrum.org/lounge

True Colors United has created an online COVID-19 Action & Resource center providing the most up-to-date resources for youth and adults experiencing homelesness. They include resources for folks working in the field, advocates making a difference, and young people looking for help. You can access the Action & Resource Center at truecolorsunited.org/coronavirus-action-resource-center/

Family Many PFLAG chapters are meeting virtually or providing 1:1 virtual support as requested for parents/guardians or LGBTQ youth. Go to pflag.org/find to look up the PFLAG chapter in your area and reach out by phone, email or on social media to learn more about their virtual support options.

Trans and LGBTQ Affirming Mental Health Care

Charlotte Trans Healthcare Group - CTHCG is dedicated to improving health outcomes and decreasing health and healthcare disparities within the trans community. Sage Counseling AVL - Offers therapy and addiction services for the LGBTQ community in the Asheville area.

​The Validation Station is a free texting service that sends daily gender-affirming and uplifting text messages to trans and non-binary youth. Visit validationstation.net.

Learn more about the current landscape for mental health from the Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Mental Health
The Trevor Project National Survey

Pride Counseling - Get matched to a licensed therapist. Communicate via phone, video, and messaging.

Trans Gender Affirming Care

Plume - Plume provides gender-affirming care directly from your smartphone. Our experienced healthcare providers understand the unique needs of the trans community.  

Folx - Get the care you deserve with medical providers who get you. Get quality, affirming support on your time from the comfort of your home.

Local Organizations NC

National Trans Organizations

Transgender Programs at LGBT Organizations

Model Policy on Suicide Prevention

Model School District Policy on Suicide Prevention: Model Language, Commentary, and Resources

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Policy Support

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

LGBTQ+ Educators Rights

LGBTQ+ Student Rights

Inclusive Curricular Standards Guide

Safe Schools Improvement Act

The Equality Act

The Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act

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