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Resources and Training for LGBTQ+ People

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Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning (LGBTQ+) people are at higher risk for suicide than their straight, cisgender peers. It is important that we as Rhode Islanders work to eliminate prejudice and support our LGBTQ+ community members to be their full selves. This is how we will eliminate health disparities against LGBTQ+ Rhode Islanders.

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The leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth. Their 24/7 Lifeline number for young people is 1-866-488-7386.

The Greater Providence area chapter of PFLAG provides support, education, and advocacy for parents, families, friends, and allies of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people across Rhode Island, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Eastern Connecticut.

Project Weber/RENEW supports Rhode Islanders at risk for HIV and overdose. The organization provides a full range of harm reduction, recovery, and basic needs services to men and women, including the transgender community.

Youth Pride, Inc. is a drop-in center in Providence with specialized programming and services for LGBTQ+ youth.

Thundermist Health Center’s Trans Health Access Team specializes in providing care for the trans community. Trans individuals looking for healthcare can request to see a Trans Health Access Team provider.

Training is available for and about LGBTQ+ People

The Trevor Project offers CARE Training: an interactive and intensive training that provides adults with an overview of suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) youth and the different environmental stressors that contribute to their heightened risk for suicide.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention offers this suicide prevention training available for general audiences with specific modules for seniors, LGBTQ people, and workplace settings.

Now Matters Now, a skills-based site grounded in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and supported by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, offers free training for those with suicidal thoughts, substance or mental health problems or their family members and friends. It also offers courses for healthcare, crisis, peer support service and school counseling providers.

A course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. It focuses on reaching out to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.

A one-hour training focused on “gatekeepers”—people in a position to recognize a crisis and do something about it. A gatekeeper can be a friend, coworker, teacher, boss, or parent.