During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, 2SLGBTQIA+ communities will be in need of extra support.
Here are some emergency resources that may be helpful for those in need during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are in need of urgent support, please call or visit these websites.
Kids Help Phone
Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support in English and French to young people. As the country’s virtual care expert, we give millions of youth a safe, trusted space to talk over phone and online chat or through text message.
Need help now? Text CONNECT to 686868
Kids Help Phone’s texting service is completely free and available 24/7/365. You don’t need a data plan, internet connection or an app to use it. All conversations you have with a volunteer Crisis Responder are confidential. And, you can text from anywhere in Canada.
Need help now? You can reach a professional counsellor at Kids Help Phone 24/7 by calling 1-800-668-6868.
Trans Lifeline is a trans-led organization that connects trans people to the community, support, and resources they need to survive and thrive.
Trans Lifeline’s Hotline is a peer support service run by trans people, for trans people, non-binary and questioning callers. Operators are located all over the U.S. and Canada, and are all trans-identified. If you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, even if it’s just about whether or not you’re trans, please call.
Canada line: 877-330-6366
US line: 877-565-8860
Hotline open 24/7
We will be adding more resources here. If your organization would like to be included in this list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “COVID-Support Page Request.”
For more services:
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.
You can reach Calgary Outlink through email at email@example.com or through direct message on any of Calgary Outlink’s social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Calgary Outlink’s email address also works for Google Hangouts. While the office phone is currently out of reach, Calgary Outlink’s staff cell phone (587-917-6459) is accessible to call or text. Calgary Outlink can also be available for video chat through the above channels as well as through Zoom. Calgary Outlink is also hosting regular (and additional!) social and peer support groups online.
QMUNITY is a non-profit organization based in Vancouver, BC that works to improve queer, trans, and Two-Spirit lives. QMUNITY provides a safer space for LGBTQ/2S people and their allies to fully self-express while feeling welcome and included. QMUNITY’s building serves as a catalyst for community initiatives and collective strength.
Support for Youth
Please reach out to Youth Programming Specialist, Han either through email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or directly on Facebook chat, through the GAB Youth Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/GabYouth). You can also reach out to Social Worker, Jennie through email at email@example.com
Support for Older Adults
Please call or email Courtney Dieckbrader, Specialist in Seniors Programming through email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 604-684-5307 ext. 110.