Crisis Resources - LGBTQIA Healthcare Guild

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Crisis Help and Other Resources

The Trevor Project (GLBT Youth) - 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

Suicide Hotline (General) - 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

National Crisis Helpline (General Crisis Help) - 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


National Runaway Switchboard - 1-800-RUNAWAY
The National Runaway Switchboard is a toll-free crises line operated by Chicago's Metro-Help. It operates twenty-four hours a day, year-long, and is designed to serve the needs of at-risk youth and their families. The phone lines are staffed by trained volunteers who use crisis intervention and active listening techniques to help callers identify their problems, explore options, and develop a plan of action. Their services are secular (non-religious), non-judgmental, and non-directive. Volunteers try to give callers factual information and confront irrationa l perceptions and solutions. They also offer message-relays (communication between runaways and parents without disclosing location of runaway) and referrals to over 8,000 social service agencies nationwide.

National Safe Place (for Teens) - WWW.NATIONALSAFEPLACE.ORG/TEENS
If you’re having trouble at home, at school, or can’t deal with a serious problem, Safe Place is a way to get help. Fast food restaurants, convenience stores, fire stations, libraries and even buses that display the Safe Place sign are places you can go to ask for the support you need. The people inside will know what to do to connect you to help. So, if you have a problem you can’t solve, look for our sign. Any time. Any day. Every day. Safe Place is here for you.

Covenant House"Nineline" - 1-800-999-999
Covenant House, one of the largest privately funded child care agencies in the country, provides food, clothing, shelter, medical care and counseling to 35,000 adolescents under the age of 21 each year. Founded in 1969 by a Catholic Priest, today Coven ant House has shelters in New York, Toronto, Fort Lauderdale, Atlantic City, New Orleans, Houston, Los Angeles, Anchorage, and in three countries in Central America. The Nineline provides referrals and counseling for youth in need.

Boys Town Hotline - 1-800-448-3000
This hotline offers twenty-four hour short term youth and family crisis counseling geared towards problem-solving, dealing with issues including abuse, suicide, runaways, parenting, school problems, and drug and alcohol problems. Boys Town offers natio nwide referrals to a variety of social service agencies. Boys town also operates a broad range of programs, including several short and long-term residential facilities, and a national training center.

The Trevor Crisis Intervention Lifeline

The only nationwide, around-the-clock suicide prevention and crisis intervention lifeline offering free and confidential counseling for tens of thousands of LGBTQ youth....Trevor Crisis Lifeline: 1-866-488-7386...

Recognizing the Warning Signs

Have you heard someone...

    - Describe a specific plan for suicide: “I’ve thought about how I’d do it.”

    - Expressing hopelessness or helplessness: “Things will never get better for me.”

    - Talk positively about a suicide death: “I think she was brave for going through with it.”

    - Say goodbye to important people: “You’re the best friend I’ve ever had. I’ll miss you.”

    - Express a lack of interest in the future: “It won’t matter soon anyway.”

    - Express a negative attitude toward self: “I don’t deserve to live.”

    - Express suicidal feelings: “Lately I’ve felt like ending it all.”


Have you noticed someone...

    - Using drugs or alcohol more than usual

    - Behaving differently than how they usually do

    - Giving away their most valuable possessions

    - Losing interest in their favorite activities or hobbies

    - Planning for death by writing a will or letter


Do you Feel...

- Helpless

- Unimportant

- Trapped

- Overwhelmed

- Unmotivated

- Completely alone


If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are not alone.

Each year over 30,000 teens and young adults call the Trevor Lifeline when they recognize these signs and need someone to talk to. The Trevor Project is here for you 24/7. If you need support, please call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 to speak with a trained volunteer counselor.

Lowering the Risk  

Fortunately there are several factors which can help lower someone’s risk of considering suicide: 


  1. Easy access to effective, culturally competent care

  2. Support from medical and mental health care professionals

  3. Coping, problem solving, and conflict resolution skills

  4. Restricted access to highly lethal means of suicide

  5. Strong connections to family

  6. Family acceptance of one’s sexual orientation and/or gender identity

  7. A feeling of safety, support, and connectedness at school through peer groups like Gay-Straight Alliances.

  8. Positive connections with friends who share similar interests

  9. Cultural and religious beliefs that discourage suicide

  10. Positive role models and self esteem


Sources: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2011; Borowsky et al 2001; Eisenberg & Resnick 2006; Fenaughty & Harre 2003; Goodenow et al 2006; Kidd et al 2006; Resnick et al 1997; Ryan et al 2010


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

No matter what problems you are dealing with, we want to help you find a reason to keep living. By calling 1-800-273-TALK (8255) you’ll be connected to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area, anytime 24/7....

The (SAMHSA) National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Since its inception, the Lifeline has engaged in a variety of initiatives to improve crisis services and advance suicide prevention.

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