LGBTQIA2S+ Mental Health and Community Resources

Compiled in consultation with Centre for Sexuality and The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS)

Below, we have compiled some resources on supporting the mental health of the LGTQIA2S+ community. If there are any resources that you have found helpful in your community that aren’t listed here, please contact us.

Many post-secondary campuses across Alberta also offer mental health and support resources for LGTQIA2S+ community members in a variety of spaces on campus, including through wellness centres, student government programming, or student clubs. We encourage you to use this list to explore resources in your community in addition to exploring the resources currently available on your campus.

National Resources

Pflag Canada is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their LGBTQ2S+ children. Pflag Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. They support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. Explore their website to learn more. 

Egale is Canada’s leading organization for 2SLGBTQI people and issues. They improve and save lives through research, education, awareness, and by advocating for human rights and equality in Canada and around the world. Their resources and research provide the most reliable & up-to-date tools and information for 2SLGBTQI people & communities, service providers, schools, and companies. Learn more by exploring their website.

Trans Lifeline is a grassroots hotline and non-profit organization offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis – for the trans community, by the trans community. The Canadian Hotline number is (877) 330-6366. Learn more by exploring their website or their resources.

Alberta-based Resources and Organizations

Skipping Stone Foundation is a one-of-a-kind, nationally recognized agency that connects trans and gender diverse youth, adults and families with the comprehensive and low barrier access to the support they need and deserve. They offer individual support, group programs, and organize community events and activities. While they are based in Calgary, all of their services can be offered virtually (by phone or Zoom) to anyone living in Alberta. Explore their website to learn more and to explore their educational resources and training opportunities.

Centre for Newcomers offers services to LGBTQ+ newcomers to Canada, including those with permanent residency, filing for asylum as a refugee, or here under any other status. They provide service to those in Alberta from any country in the world, as well as training for Alberta practitioners and Alberta communities on LGBTQ+ newcomers issues. Explore their website to learn more.

Trans Equality Society of Alberta (TESA)’s mission is to be a witness to and a voice for matters concerning trans Albertans. TESA engages in advocacy and education in three primary areas: government, outreach, and community development. To learn more or to view the fact pages available on their website, visit http://www.tesaonline.org

The altView Foundation began in 2008 with one simple idea: that LGBTQ2S+ people across Alberta should not feel isolated, unsupported, and afraid of being themselves. We started from humble beginnings, with youth groups our founders knew could be a support for youth in Strathcona County. Now a nonprofit that spans the province, altView works with youth, families, and service providers in smaller cities and rural communities to provide supports where few may exist. Learn more and contact us at https://www.altview.ca/the-altview-foundation/.

Alberta Health Services provides information for healthcare professionals, including a best practice guide on being an ally, using inclusive language, and terms to know.

211 Alberta provides free, confidential, 24/7 information on social, community, health, and government services in Alberta. Post-secondary students across Alberta can reach 211-Alberta by dialing 2-1-1, texting STUDENT to 211, or chatting online at 211.ca.

Calgary

Centre for Sexuality is a nationally recognized, community-based organization delivering programs and services that work to normalize sexuality and sexual health across the lifespan. They have been leading the way in the areas of sexuality, healthy relationships, human rights, gender identity, sexual orientation, equality and consent for more than 40 years in the Calgary community. Their website is host to plenty of information and they offer training opportunities to professionals. Centre for Sexuality also offers free, short-term counselling services to help people address challenges related to sexuality and sexual health.

Calgary Outlink is a community-based, not-for-profit charity dedicated to providing support, education, outreach, and referrals for the LGBTQ2IA+ and allied community in Calgary, Alberta. They have provided a list of online and local resources and offer peer support services to the community.

The Alex Youth Health Centre is a safe and supportive place for youth ages 12-24 to come and get health and social care from a trustworthy and caring team of doctors, nurses and support workers in Calgary, Alberta. Learn more at https://www.thealex.ca/youth-health-centre/

End of the Rainbow Foundation seeks to improve socio-economic conditions for people of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities or expressions (SOGIE) by providing innovative education, support programs, and research. They offer peer support groups, supports to settle, and support for refugee hearings in the Calgary area. To learn more, visit https://endoftherainbow.ca


Central Alberta

Central Alberta Pride Society (CAPS) was founded in 2012 to bring LGBTQ+ awareness and community to Red Deer and surrounding areas. The name was intentionally chosen to be inclusive of urban and rural areas surrounding Red Deer, recognizing that LGBTQIA2S+ people exist beyond city limits. Learn more and contact CAPS through their website: https://www.centralalbertapride.ca

 


Edmonton

The Edmonton Men’s Health Collective (EMHC) is a grassroots health organization run by and for queer and trans community members. EMHC has put together HEAL Community Wellness Resource Guide: A Mental Health Response to COVID-19 for Edmonton-Area LGBTQ2S+ folks, as well as resources relating to mental health and substance use. Explore their website for more resources and information on their programs.

The Pride Centre of Edmonton offers a variety of services and programs to answer to the needs of LGBTQ2S+ people in Edmonton. They have compiled a list of urgent resources as well as resources for health and care. For more information on community and services in the Edmonton area, click here or explore their website.

The Chew Project is committed to being there to help 2SLGBTQ+ youth and emerging adults survive, heal, and find hope. The CHEW in CHEW Project stands for community health empowerment & wellness. Based in Edmonton, AB, CHEW provides frontline support, resources, and education for 2SLGBTQ+ youth and young adults (ages 14-29) facing barriers. These barriers may include mental health, violence, poverty, homelessness, substance use, sexual health, sexual exploitation/sex work, and others. We provide a safe place for youth to get basic needs, get off the street, and find hope. Learn more about their programs, services, and explore the resources compiled on their website at https://chewprojectyeg.org. 

The Institute for Sexual Minority Studies & Services (iSMSS) is a non-profit organization and research institute housed in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. iSMSS provides educational programs and services to support the 2SLGBTQ+ community and its allies, including Where the Rivers Meet and  Camp fYrefly. Through our partnerships with various local Edmonton organizations such as the Pride Centre, LGBTQ+ Wellness Centre, and Altview we provide direct services from mental health support to 2SLGBTQ+ education to the community. Learn more at https://www.ualberta.ca/ismss/.

Edmonton 2 Spirit Society seeks to re-establish and enhance their traditional roles and responsibilities as Two Spirit people in Indigenous communities while creating supportive environments within all societies for contemporary Two Spirit peoples. Explore their website to view resources on 2 Spirits, Sexual & Gender Identity and Health and learn about their programming: https://e2s.ca.

Rainbow Alliance for Youth of Edmonton is a space of tools and resources for LGBTQ2S+ youth. We are an inter-agency committee serving LGBTQ2S+ youth and promoting increased understanding, empathy, and knowledge. Learn more at https://rainbowallianceyeg.ca

The Family Centre created The Rainbow Pages, a resource guide to provide LGBTQ+ youth and the youth-serving community a consolidated guide of the supports available in Edmonton, which is available here: https://www.therainbowpages.ca.

The Hue is a QTBIPOC+ Community Hub building community and advocating for QTBIPOC+ inclusion, accessibility, and safety in Edmonton. Learn more about The Hue by connecting with them on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

 


Other Resources

CMHA Ontario and Rainbow Health Ontario have created this helpful page of information on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans & Queer identified People and Mental Health. For a glossary of terms that gender-diverse and sexual-minority youth may use to describe themselves, visit Rainbow Health Ontario’s website at http://www.rainbowhealthontario.ca/glossary.