Helplines and eSupport

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  • COLAGE Illinois Chapter

    AGENCY: COLAGE
    ADDRESS: 230 Webster St., Batavia, IL 60510
    CONTACT: Robin Marquis
    PHONE: (206) 549-2054
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Not Listed
    HOURS:
    First Sunday of Each Month

    COLAGE unites people with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer parents into a network of peers and supports them as they nurture and empower each other to be skilled, self-confident, and just leaders in our collective communities.

    COLAGE Illinois welcomes youth Jr. High and High School age with an LGBTQ parent to participate and connect with our supportive and inclusive community. Group meetings will be warm and welcoming with an emphasis on embracing differences as strengths, and developing confidence in our identities. In addition to monthly meetings, COLAGE will provide a space for youth to participate in fun events such as potlucks, volunteer activities, and theme parties.

    Adult COLAGErs: We value you as an integral part of our community. We would love to talk with you to discuss ways you can become involved with our chapter and become role models for our community. Please contact us via email.

    Associated Tags: COLAGE , communities , community , general interest , helplines and eSupport , mental health , parenting and family , parents , potlucks , social , youth

  • Youth Resource eSupport

    AGENCY: YOUTHRESOURCE.ORG
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: Varies
    PHONE: N/A
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 hours a day

    YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them.

    Associated Tags: activism , education , education youth , eResource , health education , helplines and eSupport , online peer education , sexual health , support , youth , Youth Resource

  • Youth Resources

    AGENCY: YOUTH RESOURCE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: None Listed
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 Hour

    Mission

    YouthResource is a Web site created by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and questioning (GLBTQ) young people. YouthResource takes a holistic approach to sexual health and exploring issues of concern to GLBTQ youth, by providing information and offer support on sexual and reproductive health issues through education and advocacy. Through monthly features, message boards, and online peer education, GLBTQ youth receive information on activism, culture, sexual health, and other issues that are important to them.

    YouthResource is a Web site hosted by Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth champions efforts to help young people make informed and responsible decisions about their reproductive and sexual health. Advocates believes it can best serve the field by boldly advocating for a more positive and realistic approach to adolescent sexual health.

    Advocates for Youth believes that:

    Adolescents have the right to balanced, accurate, and realistic sexuality education, confidential and affordable sexual health services, and a secure stake in the future.
    Youth deserve respect. Today, they are perceived only as part of the problem. Valuing young people means they are part of the solution and are included in the development of programs and policies that affect their well-being.
    Society has the responsibility to provide young people with the tools they need to safeguard their sexual health and young people have the responsibility to protect themselves from too early childbearing and sexually transmitted infections, including HIV.

    Online Peer Support
    Youth leaders offer online peer-to-peer support. They answer questions posed by visitors and point them to appropriate resources; however they do not provide medical advice. Visitors to the YouthResource website can select an online youth leader that they would feel comfortable
    communicating with by reviewing brief bios here.

    Associated Tags: advocacy , health , helplines and eSupport , holistic , reproductive health , sexual health , youth , Youth Resource

  • Domestic Violence Helpline

    AGENCY: CITY OF CHICAGO DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HELP LINE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (877) 863-6338
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 hours a day

    There is a prevailing misconception that domestic violence doesn’t affect those in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relationships. Furthermore, when intimate partner abuse is identified in these communities, it tends to be quickly perceived as “mutual fighting.”

    It is important that as victims, survivors, family members, friends, religious leaders, employers, and community residents we recognize and address the needs of LGBT victims of domestic violence.

    Barriers to Getting Help
    LGBT victims of domestic violence encounter numerous barriers which can prevent one from seeking help. Homophobia, coupled with general misconceptions about domestic violence, can discourage many victims from naming their experiences and accessing support services.

    -The prevailing myth that LGBT domestic violence is “mutual”
    -Fear of “being outed” to social service providers, police, judges, employers, family members and friends
    -Limited LGBT sensitive service providers
    -Lack of support and awareness in the LGBT community
    -Fear of further isolation
    -Fear of reinforcing negative stereotypes about the LGBT community

    Toll Free, Confidential, Multi-lingual.

    Associated Tags: City of Chicago Domestic Violence Help Line , domestic violence , helplines and eSupport , mental health , multilingual

  • Youth Support Line

    AGENCY: GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER YOUTH SUPPORT HOTLINE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (800) 850-8078
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24/7

    Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Support Line.
    Feel free to call 1-800-850-8078.

    Associated Tags: Helplines & eSupport , hotline , mental health , support , Transgender Youth Support Line , youth

  • Counseling Referrals, Support, & Crisis Intervention

    AGENCY: LESBIAN & GAY HOTLINE
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 929-4357
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    24 hours a day

    Trained volunteer resource counselors assist callers to the Helpline by providing information and referrals, as well as support, counseling, and crisis intervention.

    Associated Tags: counseling , crisis intervention , helplines and eSupport , hotline , information , Lesbian & Gay Hotline , mentall health , referrals

  • Illinois HIV/STI/STD Hotline

    AGENCY: STATE OF ILLINOIS
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (800) 243-2437
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: Unknown
    HOURS:
    24 hours a day

    This hotline is free and anonymous offering callers the most up-to-date, medically-accurate information on AIDS/HIV and sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), emotional support, and state-wide referrals for healthcare and social services related to AIDS/HIV and STDs. This program offers services in English and Spanish and provides a wealth of information and referrals to callers.

    Associated Tags: health , helplines and eSupport , HIV , HIV/STD , hotline , illinois , prevention & wellness , STD , STI , support

  • Online Support Service for Family/Guardians of Gender-Variant Children/Adolescents

    AGENCY: TRANS YOUTH FAMILY ALLIES
    ADDRESS: PO Box 1471, Holland, MI 49422
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: 1 (888) IMA-TYFA (462-8932).
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    None Listed

    This group is a support and referral source for parents, grandparents and guardians negotiating the journey of raising gender variant and transgender children and youth ages 3-18.

    Prospective members will be asked to provide their first and last name, their child’s first name and age and a phone number where they can be contacted.

    All posts on this list (click here) are moderated for content. We wish to provide a safe, optimal environment for parents to receive the guidance and support that they need to negotiate the journey of raising gender variant and transgender children.

    Associated Tags: adolescents , children , family , grandparents , guardian , helplines and eSupport , mental health , online support , online support service , parents , referral , support , Trans Youth Family Allies , transgender

  • Youth Suicide and Bullying Help

    AGENCY: THE TREVOR PROJECT
    ADDRESS: PO Box 69232, West Hollywood, CA 90069
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: 1 (866) 488-7386
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    24 hours/day; 7 days/week

    Trevor Lifeline – The only national 24/7 crisis intervention and suicide prevention lifeline for LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24) available at 1-866-488-7386.

    TrevorChat – A free, confidential, secure instant messaging service that provides live help to LGBTQ young people (ages 13-24).

    TrevorText – A free, confidential, secure service in which LGBTQ young people can text a trained Trevor counselor for support and crisis intervention.

    Ask Trevor – An online, non-time sensitive question and answer resource for young people with questions about sexual orientation, gender identity, and other LGBTQ issues.

    TrevorSpace – A social networking community for LGBTQ youth ages 13 through 24 and their friends and allies.

    Trevor Education – A suite of age-appropriate LGBTQ suicide prevention education workshops, trainings and resources for youth, adults and educators, including the Trevor Lifeguard Workshop, an SPRC/AFSP Best Practice for Suicide Prevention.

    Trevor Resource Kit – Trevor Resource Kits provide tools and activities to supplement suicide prevention education in youth group or classroom settings.

    Associated Tags: Ask Trevor , crisis , gender identity , helplines and eSupport , mental health , sexual orientation , suicide prevention , support , texting , Trevor Project

  • Violence Resource Hotline

    AGENCY: CENTER ON HALSTED
    ADDRESS: 3656 N. Halsted St., Chicago, IL 60613
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: (773) 871-CARE (2273)
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE: N/A
    HOURS:
    Not Listed

    Center on Halsted’s LGBTQ Violence Resource Line was created in response to the growing need for victim assistance for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and HIV-positive (LGBTQH) people. It is the only LGBTQ-specific program committed to addressing violence against and within LGBTQ communities in Illinois. It has become a cornerstone of recovery for many LGBTQH victims, witnesses, and friends of those who have experience bias/discrimination, or domestic, sexual, hate or police violence in the Chicago area.

    The line can provide callers with safety planning, information and referrals, personal, legal and media advocacy, public outreach and education, and crisis counseling. There are no fees for Violence Resource Line services.

    Associated Tags: Center on Halsted , COH , crisis , discrimination , domestic violence , education , helplines and eSupport , HIV , hotline , interpersonal violence , legal , media , mental health , outreach , sexual violence

  • Youth Talk/Help Line

    AGENCY: GLBT NATIONAL HELP CENTER
    ADDRESS: Chicago, IL 60602
    CONTACT: None Listed
    PHONE: 1-800-246-PRIDE (7743)
    HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE:

    The LGBTQ National Help Center is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to meeting the needs of the LGBTQ community and those questioning their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

    Associated Tags: call , GLBT NATIONAL HELP CENTER , help , helplines and eSupport , hotline , mental health , questioning , talk , youth