Knowing how to find a gay help line could save your life someday. It could also save someone you know if you need to reach out to a gay friend. Even if you’re not suicidal, just having someone on the other line that you can talk to can be a big help when dealing with your sexuality or any hardships you’re going through.
- Check your yellow pages listings. Under the heading “Crisis Hotlines” or “Crisis Intervention,” you can often find help lines for troubled youths, suicidal individuals or gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.
- Contact your university counseling center or local community center. These resources often have lists of gay help lines that you can call, both local and national.
- Get a referral. Places like the Covenant House Hotline at 800-999-9999 or Boys Town Suicide and Crisis Line at 800-448-3000 can refer you to a help line that fits your individual needs or another community resource.
- Get counseling through the Affirmations Helpline. Calling 1-800-398-GAYS will connect you with a trained volunteer who can provide you with support, as well as refer you to community resources that may be able to help you.
- Reach out to the GLBT National Help Center. Their help line is 1-888-843-4564. Through this gay help line, you can receive support and counseling services. The GLBT National Help Center also has a database with over 18,000 listings that can be used to refer you to resources within your community, including a local help line or in-person counseling services.