Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the HELPline, a free crisis and suicide intervention hotline and referral service, at (951) 686-HELP(4357). The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical or psychiatric care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
- The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is a national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth and young adults, ages 13–24, over the phone, online and via text.
- Trevor Lifeline (24/7): (866) 488-7386
- TrevorText: Text the word “Trevor” to (202) 304-1200 to text with a trained counselor on Fridays from 1–5 p.m.
- TrevorChat: Confidential chat service with a trained volunteer counselor available 7 days a week, from 12 noon –6 p.m.
- It Gets Better Project
This website is a place where young people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender can see how love and happiness can be a reality in their future. It’s a place where people can share their stories, take the It Gets Better Project pledge, watch videos of love and support and learn about resources.
- Preventing Suicide Among LGBT Youth Kit for Workshop Leaders
This free workshop kit is designed to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among LGBT youth. Topics covered include suicidal behavior, risk and protective factors, strategies to reduce risk and ways to increase school or agency cultural competence.
- Family Acceptance Project
This community research, intervention, education and policy initiative works to decrease major health and related risks for LGBT youth, such as suicide, substance abuse, HIV and homelessness – in the context of their families. The site offers online videos and research-based information on how families can help support their LGBT children.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)– Mental Health Risk Factors Among GLBT Youth Fact Sheet (PDF)
This fact sheet describes mental health risk factors among LGBT youth, including coming out, family relationships and victimization by peers. It further provides information about mental health treatment for LGBT youth, and suggested resources. Additional information and helpful resources for the LGBTQ community can be found on the NAMI website.
- LGBT Youth and Suicide: American Association of Suicidology (PDF)
This fact sheet provides information about suicidal behavior, risk factors, protective factors and implications for suicide prevention among LGBT youth.