SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINES
THE TREVOR PROJECT – 1-866-488-7386 – Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
NATIONAL SUICIDE PREVENTION LIFELINE – 1-800-273-TALK (8255) – "The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a 24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. By dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255), the call is routed to the nearest crisis center in our national network of more than 150 crisis centers. The Lifeline’s national network of local crisis centers provide crisis counseling and mental health referrals day and night."
SUPPORT GROUPS AND VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Affirmation is an "inclusive LGBTQ/SSA organization serving tens of 1000s of LGBTQ/SSA Mormons, their families, and friends worldwide."
Affirmation works for the understanding and acceptance of gays and lesbians as full, equal and worthy persons within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and society, and to help them realize and affirm self-worth. They welcome all persons regardless of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Affirmation supports and encourages its members by assisting them in dealing with the Church, their families, employers, work associates and social contacts. The association offers its members strength and support in solving personal problems through mutual acceptance and fellowship. Affirmation supports "all affected by the nexus of homosexuality and Mormonism, the interests of the individual being above the needs of the church.
Avoid taking positions on church doctrine.
Avoid taking positions on how people choose to act on their sexuality or not.
Provide a sounding board for those who are hurting.
Become a place of healing. They honor each individual’s path and help them process through it."
"Mama Dragons exist to inspire and empower mothers. We actively promote healthy, loving, and supportive environments for mothers of LGBTQIA children. We celebrate, educate, protect, and provide the love and support families need to survive and thrive. Our goal is to embrace one another, so none need ever feel alone. We are a supportive group of mothers. We are shelter for one another’s children. We are champions of faith, family, and LGBTQIA communities. We are sisters. We are Mama Dragons."
IT GETS BETTER
"The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them."
VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA HOMELESS YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER for Homeless and At-risk Teens, 888 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City
"Through our Street Outreach program, we're able to gain the trust of these youth and offer much-needed services at VOA's Youth Resource Center for homeless teens. At first, individuals may come to the Youth Resource Center for a shower, to do laundry or get some food. But once trust is built, we're able to serve them in more meaningful ways. Each year, we expect to serve about 800 teens through this facility. We'll be able to offer emergency shelter beds, 24/7 assistance, and free legal services through our Homeless Youth Legal Clinic. There will be spaces dedicated to education assistance, job training, counseling,
and volunteer-run groups."
888 South 400 West, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Open 24 hours a day/7 days a week
Breakfast served: 8:30 - 9:30 am • Lunch served: 1:00- 2:00 pm • Dinner served: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
FAMILY ACCEPTANCE PROJECT - Family Education Materials to Help Mormon Families Support Their LGBT Children
"Written by FAP Director Dr. Caitlin Ryan, a clinical social worker with nearly 40 years of research and practice experience on LGBT health and mental health, and Dr. Bob Rees, a former Mormon Bishop who teaches Mormon Studies at Graduate Theological Union, this is the first research-based educational resource to help Mormon families support their LGBT children. As with other family education booklets from the Family Acceptance Project, Supportive Families, Healthy Children has been designated as the 1st “Best Practice” resource for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention and is the only such resource for Latter-day Saint (Mormon) families."
FOR MANY MORE LINKS:
Mormon Spectrum – Huge Comprehensive List of LGBTQ Resources for LDS LGBTQ