June 28, 2022
4 min. read

9 Mental Health Resources for the LGBTQ+ Community

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Good to Know:

  • Everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, deserves compassionate care and mental health support.
  • However, LGBTQ+ people report experiencing mental health struggles at a significantly higher rate than those who do not identify as LGBTQ+.
  • Mental health support services are available for LGBTQ+ people, including sources for LGBTQ+ youth and BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or people of color) members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health in relation to their sexual orientation or gender identity, there is help available.

If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

Why mental health resources matter in the LGBTQ community

By the numbers:

  • Research finds that members of the LGBTQ+ community are vulnerable to higher rates of mental health conditions, especially anxiety and depression.
  • Members of the LGB (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) community are reportedly twice as likely to experience mental health conditions compared to heterosexual people.
  • Transgender people are four times as likely to experience a mental health condition than cisgender people.
  • LGBTQ+ youth are at an especially high risk for mental health conditions, with lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents being twice as likely to experience persistent sadness or hopelessness; transgender adolescents are twice as likely to experience depressive symptoms.

The LGBTQ+ community and suicide prevention:

  • Suicide prevention is an absolute necessity for LGBTQ+ mental health resources, as members of the LGBTQ community are at a higher risk of considering or attempting suicide.
  • LGBTQ+ youth are four times more likely to attempt suicide than heterosexual youth.
  • 40% of the transgender population have attempted suicide in their lifetime, compared to the roughly 5% of the general population.

Why the disparity?

  • Rejection, trauma, and homophobia can all cause mental health concerns for members of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • In a 2013 survey, 40% of adults experienced rejection from family members or friends based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.

  • In a 2019 survey, 86% of LGBTQ+ youth reported bullying at school.

  • Adolescents and young adults in the LGBTQ+ community are 120% more likely to experience homelessness, and two to four times as likely to struggle with substance use.

Why LGBTQ+-friendly health care matters

  • Everyone, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, deserves to receive compassionate and comprehensive care, whether that be for their mental health or physical health.
  • People within the LGBTQ+ community can still face stigma and discrimination within the medical community. The fear of potential discrimination can be a major barrier to necessary care.
  • 18% of LGBTQ+ adults also report having no health insurance, compared to 8% of the general population.

We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of mental health resources specifically for LGBTQ+ community members. If you or someone you love is experiencing mental health concerns related to your sexual orientation or gender identity, there is hope for you.

Phone lines

These crisis prevention and suicide prevention hotlines are LGBTQ+-friendly, offering safe and supportive places to talk.

  • GLBT National Hotline: 1-888-843-4564
  • This hotline is free, safe, anonymous, and completely confidential. Calls are not recorded, and you have the option to end the call whenever you choose. They also have an email option if you’re unable to reach them over the phone, at help@LGBThotline.org.

  • Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24/7 to all people. Their website also includes mental health resources specific to the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Starting July 16, 2022, the three-digit number 988 will directly call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

  • Trans Lifeline: 877-565-8860
  • This hotline connects you to the transgender community, offers financial and emotional support, and is run by transgender people. 
  • They also have a hotline available in Canada: 877-330-6366

Text lines

Don’t feel like talking? That’s okay too. These hotlines are text-based, so you can still receive mental health support without calling someone on the phone.

  • The Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741.
  • You’ll get two automated messages, then you’ll be connected with a real person who can provide support and a listening ear.

  • The Steve Fund: Text STEVE to 741741.
  • The Steve Fund is specifically for young people of color to reach out about feelings of depression, anxiety, or stress.

Resources for in-person care and counseling

The Mental Health Coalition lists these resources as LGBTQ+ options for mental health care.

The Trevor Project: The largest mental health resource for LGBTQ+ youth

The Trevor Project focuses on providing mental health resources for LGBTQ+ adolescents and young people. Their 2022 mental health survey shows that a majority of LGBTQ+ adolescents and young people experience mental health concerns, often due to discrimination, homophobia, and lack of family support.

The Trevor Project offers a hotline and a text line, as well as multiple online resources to help young members of the LGBTQ community receive the support they need.

  • TrevorLifeline: 1-866-488-7386
  • TrevorText: Text START to 678-678

If you or someone you love is struggling with mental health concerns related to your sexual orientation or gender identity, you are not alone. There are LGBTQ+ resources available for you, whether it be financial support, affirming health care, or simply someone to talk to.

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