LGBTQIA+ Behavioral Health Resources

Community Support 

Trans Lifeline

This resource is a trans-led organizations that connects trans people to community, support, and resources.

The Trevor Project

In addition to being a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ people, The Trevor Project also provides education and additional resources on their website.

National Center for Transgender Equality 

This website has many different resources for transgender people, and advocates the need for policy change to advance transgender equality.

Trans Student Educational Resources

In this website for transgender students there is information about various workshops and trainings as well as additional resources.

UC Davis LGBTQIA Resource Center

This resource center works to provide an open, safe, and inclusive space and community in order for all people to educate themselves and have a space for self-exploration. 

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For Parents & Allies 

American Psychological Association

This website answers many of the most frequently asked questions about transgender people.

LGBTQIA Resource Center Glossary

This resource center has compiled a glossary of terms that you can use to discuss gender identity and sexual orientation.

An Ally's Guide to Terminology

This guide from GLAAD.org offers an overview of essential vocabulary, terms to avoid, and a few key messages for talking about various issues.
 

Talking About LGBT Issues

The Talking About LGBT Issues series is a set of research-based resources gathered by the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) which are designed to help shape discussions and deepen understanding of key issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.

Gender Spectrum 

This quick read is an exploration of affirming and non-affirming parenting behaviors for parents with LGBTQ+ children.
 

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack I: White Privilege

By Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. This article raises consciousness of the socially constructed perquisites of being deemed White in American society and offers a partial list of such perquisites as a starting point for reflection, conversation, and action.

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack II: Straight and Cisgender Privilege

By Peggy McIntosh, Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women. In the same vein as the author's article on White privilege, this article draws attention to the socially constructed perquisites of being deemed straight and/or cisgender in American society and offers a partial list of such perquisites as a starting point for reflection, conversation, and action.

Research 

SAMHSA Behavioral Health Equity 

This resource on the LGBTQ+ population includes national survey reports, agency and federal initiatives, and related behavioral health resources

Mental Health America

The statistical results of MHA mental health screenings of LGBTQ+ people can be found here, including key findings and a downloadable report.

National Alliance on Mental Illness

This resource contains statistics and resources specific for the LGBTQ+ community inside the larger framework of mental health support provided by NAMI.


Articles

Multifactorial Discrimination as a Fundamental Cause of Mental Health Inequities

By Mariam Khan, Misja Ilcisin and Katherine Saxton. Published by International Journal of Equity in Health, Posted online by BioMed Central, part of Springer Nature

Research report, using baseline data from the Project STRIDE: Stress, Identity, and Mental Health study, the authors examined the health effects of discrimination among individuals who self-identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual, concluding that multi-factorial discrimination is a fundamental cause of mental health inequities and may be an important cause of broad health disparities among populations with intersecting social identities.


Sexual and Gender Minorities: The Silent Majority in the World of Mental Health

By Natalia Gurevich, Society for Women's Health Research

An article about how mental health issues disproportionately affect sexual and gender minorities, who are affected by more discrimination and stigma throughout their lives than the general population.
 

Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic and Sexual Minority Boys and Men 

American Psychological Association

Explores common, long-standing patterns of social marginalization and stigmatization experiences that have uniquely compromised health, safety and well-being. This executive summary is from the report of the American Psychological Association (APA) Working Group on Health Disparities in Boys and Men and the APA Health Disparities Office. Racial/ethnic and sexual minority males are two of the most persistently unhealthy groups in the United States. 


Supporting Black LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 

By Tia Dole, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Operations Officer, The Trevor Project

Black LGBTQ young people hold multiple marginalized identities. Under the minority stress model, experiences of discrimination, rejection, threats, and violence are compounded, and can lead to negative mental health outcomes. This article includes a discussion of common feelings, how people can take care of themselves, and what others can do to support. 

 

Implications of COVID-19 for LGBTQ Youth Mental Health and Suicide Prevention 

By Green, A.E., Price-Feeney, M. & Dorison, S.H., The Trevor Project 

This research report outlines ways that physical distancing, economic strain, and increased anxiety related to COVID-19 may impact LGBTQ youth; and explains how The Trevor Project and others can work to support LGBTQ youth during this time. 

 

Watch/Listen 

Podcast: Recovery in the LGBTQ Community

This podcast from the Great Lakes Region ATTC (Addiction Technology Transfer Center) on treating substance use disorders in the LGBTQI community.

Webinar: Understanding the Coming Out Process to Allow Others In

This webinar developed by the Northeast and Caribbean MHTTC highlights the impact of coming out and how best to support someone through this process.

Webinar: Gender Diversity in a New Decade

This resource developed by the South Southwest MHTTC focuses on increasing an understanding of diversity related to gender expression and identity as well as community experiences, research, and the impact of current events.
 

Additional Organizations 

Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign is a civil rights organization dedicated to attaining full equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people.

GLSEN

GLSEN is a national network of educators, students, and local chapters working to improve the experience of LGBTQ students through policies, curriculum, and educator training.

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN)

National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC). We work at the intersection of movements for social justice and the field of mental health to integrate healing justice into both of these spaces.