Please call 911 if there is an immediate risk for harm or an emergency
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline now to get help by phone at 988 or 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Toll-free in the U.S. 24 hours a day.
En Español: 1-888-628-9454.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889
To report a sexual assault, Call 911 or contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to speak with a trained sexual assault service provider in your area.
National LGBTQ Resources via NAMI:
The American Psychological Association (APA) provides countless educational and support resources on a range of LGBTQ topics
The Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling delivers educational and support resources for LGBTQ individuals, as well as promoting competency on LGBTQ issues for counseling professionals
The Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists offers numerous resources for LGBT individuals experiencing mental health conditions and psychiatric professionals with LGBT clients
The National Center for Transgender Equality offers resources for transgender individuals, including information on the right to access health care
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)
The LGBT National Help Center offers confidential peer support connections for LGBT youth, adults and seniors including phone, text and online chat
The Gay and Lesbian Medical Association’s Provider Directory is a search tool that can locate a LGBTQ-inclusive health care provider
CDC LGBT Health – Provides information on some of the health issues and inequities affecting LGBT communities.
oSTEM – Provides details of crisis hotlines and services that are LGBTQ-inclusive.
LGBT National Help Center – The help center is aimed at serving gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning people with free and confidential peer-support and details of local resources.
LGBT Foundation – Providing advice, support and information relating to mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction problems, sexual health advice, and legal and police advice surgeries.
Glaad – Providing specific resources for transgender people in crisis and general information and support details for the transgender community in general.
It Gets Better – The It Gets Better Project has identified more than 900 organizations spanning over 30 countries where members of the LGBTQ community can get crisis support and general help.
Mental Health America – MHA works on a national and local basis to raise awareness about mental health problems and provides an overview of treatments and the psychosocial needs of LGBTQ people.
SAMHSA – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides general LGBT resources and access to reports that look at sexual orientation and estimates of adult mental health and substance use.
LGBTQ Youth – A government-run resource, the Office of Adolescent Health provides educational resources that look at the issues facing LGBT adolescents.
Womenshealth.org – Office on Women’s Health is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services and looks at the health disparities that can exist for lesbian, bisexual, and transgender women.
Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health – The CDC section on gay and bisexual men’s health provides health recommendations and advice on a variety of topics such as stigma and discrimination, and substance abuse.
Gay and Bisexual Men’s Mental Health – Another CDC resource that focuses on mental health problems associated with sexual orientation.
Some Statistics on the LGBTQ+ Community and Addiction:
- Among transgender people, 20 to 30% are abuse substances. This is compared to just 9% of the general population.
- Gay and bisexual men are 12.2 times more likely to use amphetamines than straight men.
- Nearly 40% of people who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual have used illicit drugs within the past year. This is compared to 17% of those who identify as heterosexual.
- Among LGBTQ individuals seeking treatment for substance abuse, transgender men and women are more than twice as likely to have a co-occurring mental health disorder than cisgender men and women.