In a perfect world, we would all have a support system of friends and family who are ready to help us when we need it most. Unfortunately, that is not the case for many people, and we have to seek support elsewhere. When you hear the phrase, "You are not alone," it is 100% true, and here are five groups dedicated to proving that.
1. Crisis Text Line
Crisis Text Line is a free, 24/7 text support service for anyone in crisis. Crisis counselors are trained volunteers who put you first. Their top priority is to "move people from a hot moment to a cool calm while guiding you to create a plan to stay safe and healthy." The Crisis Text Line is available to people in both US and Canada. Text "HOME" to 741741 if you are in the US, or text "HOME" to 686868 if you are in Canada.
2. Trans Lifeline
Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to providing support and guidance to the transgender community. Their mission is to "fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people." Trans Lifeline not only provides a hotline for peer support, they also disburse microgrants to help trans people legally change their name and get an updated ID that affirms their gender. Trans Lifeline will guide you through the process as well. If you need to talk, the Trans Lifeline hotline is 877-565-8860, or visit the Trans Lifeline site for more information on the microgrants.
3. The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to members of the LGBTQ+ community that are under 25. The Trevor Project provides a wide variety of resources, from a lifeline and text support to a social networking community and suicide prevention workshop. There is even ally training for those who want to support the community. The Trevor Lifeline is a 24/7 lifeline that can be reached at 866-488-7386. Text support is available from 3-10pm ET Monday through Friday by texting "TREVOR" to 202-304-1200. Visit The Trevor Project website for chat support and additional resources.
4. National Runaway Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline provides confidential and nonjudgmental support for people who have or are thinking of running away. Each member has over 40 hours of training to provide support and listen to your story without judgment. Members will not pry for information; what you share is up to you. You can reach the NRS for support through their hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or visit their website for chat and email support.
5. Daily Strength
Sometimes we just need a someone to talk to, but we're not in a crisis situation. Online groups like the ones on Daily Strength will connect you with people going through similar struggles, whether it be coming out or gay parenting. Visit the Daily Strength site to find the right support group for you.