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 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255 or 988. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals; the call is free and confidential. If you need to be connected to mental health services in Riverside County, call the Helpline at (951) 686-HELP. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. You may also call or walk into a Riverside County 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care location. Whether you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, all services are voluntary. Counseling and nursing, as well as, psychiatric medications are available. All locations are open 24/7 and everyone is welcome regardless of insurance type or ability to pay.
- 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. Available 24/7, 365 days a year.
- Trevor Lifeline: (866) 488-7386
- TrevorText: Text the word “START” to (678-678) to text with a trained counselor.
- TrevorChat: Confidential chat service with a trained volunteer counselor.
- 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, cultures and faith communities. 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, implications, and resources for suicide prevention among LGBT youth.
- What’s Up Safehouse is a 24/7, free, anonymous mental health crisis texting line. Get immediate support from a licensed mental health professional. Dedicated to helping support the residents of Riverside County through issues surrounding anxiety, substance abuse, depression, school pressure, peer pressure, LGBTQ struggles, relational issues, suicidal thoughts, bullying, and any other issue that is causing trouble.
- Text SHHELP to 844.204.0880 24/7 for immediate support and resources.