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LGBTQ+

The acronym LGBTQ+ represents the diversity of gender identities, sexual and romantic orientations. LGBTQ+ stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning. The “plus” represents different orientations and gender identities including intersex, asexual, pansexual, Two-Spirit and others.

Identifying as LGBTQ+ does not inherently mean that you will experience mental health challenges or thoughts of suicide. However, individuals within this community may experience increased risk for these outcomes. Increased risk is attributed to discrimination, societal stigma, harmful policies/laws, a lack of acceptance, and a lack of support or resources.

This page has local and national resources that provide support for LGBTQ+ people, allies and loved ones. These resources can also be used to promote mental health, suicide prevention awareness, and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Please contact YouMatterShasta@co.shast.ca.us if there is a resource or program you would like to see on this page.

NorCal OUTreach

NorCal OUTreach is a local LGBTQ+ center. Its mission is to increase understanding and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community in Far Northern California.

For more information, visit Norcal Outreach or call 530-949-6267.

The Trevor Project

The Trevor Project provides mental health and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

If you are struggling with emotional pain and/or thoughts of suicide, the Trevor Project is here for you!

Call 866-488-7386 if you need support. Visit The Trevor Project for more information.

imi Guide

The imi (pronounced eye-me) Guide was designed to help LGBTQ+ youth explore their identity and support their mental health. The Guide was created in collaboration with LGBTQ+ organizations and LGBTQ+ young people across the country. It’s a tool for LGBTQ+ teens, by LGBTQ+ teens and their allies.

Check out the website at imi.Guide.

Trans Lifeline

The Trans Lifeline – created for the trans community, by the trans community – offers emotional support to trans people in crisis.

Call 877-565-8860. Help is available 24/7. When call volumes are high, it may take longer to get connected—please try calling again.

For more information, visit Trans Lifeline.

Crisis And Help Lines​

You are not alone
Organization Contact Number
988 Suicide and Crisis LifelineCall or text 988
Veterans Crisis LineCall 988 then Press 1
Deaf and Hard of HearingUse the American Sign Language or online chat feature on 988lifeline.org OR dial 711 then 988 for teletypewriter (TTY) users.
The Crisis Text LineText HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project866-488-7386
The Trans Lifeline877-565-8860
Shasta County Mental Health Services Access Team530-225-5252 / Toll Free: 888-385-5201
California Peer-Run Warm Line (non-crisis support)855-600-9276
Friendship Line California888-670-1360
California Youth Crisis Line800-843-5200
Teen Line (Teen-to-Teen Hotline)800-852-8336 or text TEEN to 839863
Your Life, Your Voice (Hotline for kids, teens, and young adults)800-448-3000
Disaster Distress Helpline800-985-5990
National Child Abuse Hotline800-422-4453
National Dating Abuse Helpline866-331-9474
National Runaway Safeline800-786-2929
Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network (RAINN)800-656-4673
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment and Referral Information Helpline800-662-4357