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RESOURCES

  • Chicago Resources
    Talk to Someone: Trans Lifeline 877-565-8860 Trevor Project Hotline 866-488-7386 or text START to 678678 or go to www.the trevorproject.org/get-help/ LGBT National Hotline 888-843-4564 LGBT peer support chat https://www.lgbthotline.org/chat LGBT National Coming-out Hotline 888-688-5428 BlackLine (for BIPOC LGBTQ+ callers) 800-604-5841 National Suicide Prevention Hotline 988 Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 888-628-9454 Crisis Text Line text HOME to 741741 NAMI Chicago 833-626-4244 or text NAMI to 741741 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration National Helpline 800-662-4357 or text 5-digit zip code to 435748 National Abortion Federation Hotline (abortion referrals/financial assistance) 1-800-772-9100 Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline 800-243-2437 or text 872-243-1004 National Runaway Hotline 800-786-2929 National Sexual Assault Hotline 800-656-4673 National Domestic Violence Hotline 800-799-7233 or text START to 88788
  • Letters For Surgery
    Your current mental health provider CFT referral list Chicago Women’s Health Center (free) https://www.chicagowomenshealthcenter.org/counseling Center on Halsted (free with out of network/no insurance) https://www.centeronhalsted.org/behavioralhealth.html Northwestern Medicine Gender Pathways Program https://www.nm.org/conditions-and-care-areas/gender-pathways-program The Gender Affirming Letter Access Project Directory https://thegalap.org/directory
  • Tools for Navigating Health Insurance
    Sex-Specific Preventive Services and Insurance Plans with Transgender Exclusions - https://www.healthcare.gov/transgender-health-care/ Getting Your Health Care Covered: A Guide for Transgender People - https://transequality.org/health-coverage-guide Transgender Health Insurance Guide to the Marketplace: Illinois 2023 - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1X0r8EohxhSoFeHgCe8oiJxqQEeu64I08/view
  • Community Support
    Brave Space Alliance - black-led, trans-led LGBT community center-https://bravespacealliance.org/ Center on Halsted- Northside LGBT community center- (transfemme, transmasc, nonbinary, and parent of trans support groups) - https://www.centeronhalsted.org/ Howard Brown- LGBT medical and behavioral health support Trans Chicago Empowerment Center- BIPOC-trans-led support group at Puerto Rican cultural center- https://prcc-chgo.org/2018/03/20/trans-chicago/ Lighthouse Foundation- Black-LGBTQ-led social justice organization- https://www.lightfoundchi.org/ Affinity- black-led, queer-led, southside social justice organization- https://www.affinity95.org/about Queer Social Club- hosts social events throughout the city- https://linktr.ee/queersocialclub Samcha Chicago- queer, Korean social group- https://www.instagram.com/samchachicago/?hl=en About Face Theatre-LGBT theater- https://aboutfacetheatre.com/ Gender Fucked Productions- produces and shows queer art- https://www.genderfucked.org/ Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association- largest LGBTQ sports association in Midwest- https://chicagomsa.org/ Search the following on FB or IG if interested: Queer Karaoke Chi, Queer Book Club, Queer Quilting, Out in Nature, Queer Chicago Outdoor Club, Queer Contra Chicago, Queer Soccer Club Chi, OnWard Skate Collective, Femmes and Thems, Frontfunners Chicago, Chicago Rowing Union, Queer Kickboxing Club, Queers on the Rocks
  • Calm
    Calm App for Android and IPhone offering tools for meditation and restful sleep including guided imagery, mindfulness, movement and sleep stories
  • Good Therapy’s List of Self-Care Activities
    Good Therapy’s List of Self-Care Activities A list of 143 options for self-care put together by Good Therapy
  • Headspace
    Headspace App for Android and IPhone offering guided meditations and tools for how to meditate
  • MARC Guided Meditations
    MARC Guided Meditations Free guided meditations in English and Spanish created by UCLA’s Mindfulness Awareness Research Center
  • Mindfulness Coach
    Mindfulness Coach Free IPhone app created by Veterans Affairs (you do not have to be a veteran to use this app) offering guided meditations, videos, information and a meditation tracker
  • MoodKit
    MoodKit App for IPhone offering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy tools including journaling, thought logs, tools on grounding and relaxing, as well as productivity and mood trackers
  • Psychology Tools Worksheets
    Psychology Tools Worksheets Download and print worksheets and cognitive behavioral therapy tools including mood trackers, thought logs, negative thinking patterns etc.
  • PTSD Coach
    PTSD Coach Desktop as well as mobile app version of the Veteran Affairs National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (you do not need to be a veteran to use this). Offers a variety of tools, videos and exercises focusing on dealing with triggers, difficulty sleeping, processing anxiety, sadness and anger, and dissociation.
  • What’s Up-A Mental Health App
    What’s Up-A Mental Health App App for IPhone offering Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy tools for depression, anxiety and emotional regulation including grounding and breathing exercises, a negative thinking patterns guide, diary, thought log, and habit tracker
  • You Feel Like Sh*t-An Interactive Self-Care Guide
    You Feel Like Sh*t-An Interactive Self-Care Guide An interactive guide where you can click through different strategies to feeling better, including grounding and relaxation exercises, changing your environment, and reminders to listening to your internal body cues.
  • Lifelines
    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - 1-800-273-8255 Provides 24/7 support for people experiencing thoughts about self-harm and suicide Trans Lifeline - 1-877-330-6366 Provides peer support to trans and nonbinary people in crisis and experiencing thoughts of suicide, run for and by the trans community The Trevor Project Lifeline - 1-866-488-7386 Provides support to LGBTQ youth in crisis and experiencing thoughts of suicide
  • Support Lines
    Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline -1-888-293-2080 Local support including help finding medical, emotional health and legal resources, sponsored by Resilience The Friendship Line - 1-800-971-0016 Provides emotional support to older adults and adults with disabilities NAMI Helpline - 1-800-950-6264 National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline, provides support and resources for people experiencing mental health concerns or friends and family National Sexual Assault Hotline - 1-800-656-4673 Confidential support as well as help finding local resources, sponsored by RAINN Warm Line - 1-866-359-7953, (select option 2 for consumers & families, then option 5 for the warm line) Illinois peer support line for individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
    Northwestern Memorial Hospital In an emergency, including mental health emergencies, dial 911 In non-emergency situations call 630-933-4000
  • Gateway Foundation
    Gateway Foundation Substance abuse inpatient, day treatment and outpatient treatment programs
  • Haymarket Center
    Haymarket Center - 1-312-226-7984 Substance abuse inpatient and outpatient treatment programs, including options available for people who are uninsured or under-insured.
  • The Renfrew Center
    The Renfrew Center - 1-800-736-3739 Offers inpatient, day treatment and outpatient disordered eating treatment
  • Apna Ghar
    Apna Ghar Provides holistic resources including support, housing and advocacy to immigrant communities to help end gender violence
  • Brave Space Alliance
    Brave Space Alliance Chicago’s first Black and trans led LGBTQ center offering holistic support including a drop in center, name change and letter writing help, financial planning resources, job support, and food access support
  • Center on Halstead
    Center on Halstead LGBTQ center offering resources for the community including support groups, health care and advocacy, resources for seniors and youth, workshops, computer and wifi access and training and gym facilities
  • Chicago House
    Chicago House Offers a variety of services for the LGBTQ community including case management, legal assistance, housing assistance, employment assistance and HIV testing/wellness services
  • Heartland Alliance
    Heartland Alliance Offers a variety of programs including healthcare clinics, housing resources, financial resources for people with limited resources; as well as legal assistance to immigrant communities, and medical, psychological and legal resources to refugees and survivors of state-sponsored torture
  • Howard Brown Health
    Howard Brown Health Offers heath care for the LGBTQ community including sexual wellness programs, HIV/AIDS services, transgender and nonbinary health care and support groups
  • La Casa Norte
    La Casa Norte Provides housing and educational programing for youth and families experiencing homelessness
  • Resilience
    Resilience Provides free services for survivors of sexual assault including legal assistance, connection with medical and emotional support, and advocacy
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