Resources and Hotlines for Women, POC, Islamic Peoples, Immigrants, Refugees, LGBTQ+, & More

The past few days have been devastating, and terrifying — especially for minorities and marginalized groups like women, people of color, Islamic peoples, Jewish peoples, immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, and so, so many more.

Because the future president of our country is an advocate for racism, Islamophobia, xenophobia, and sexual assault. He is actively fighting against reproductive rights, accessible healthcare, immigration reform, racial equality, and equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community. Marginalized groups now fear for not just their rights, but for their safety and lives, and suicide attempts have skyrocketed. Because we’re all just so scared.

So we’ve compiled a list of crisis hotlines, websites, and organizations in support of women’s health & reproductive care, people of color, Islamic peoples, Jewish peoples, people with disabilities, homeless people, the LGBTQ+ community, immigrants, refugees, assault survivors, rape survivors, domestic abuse and violence survivors, human trafficking survivors, and/or ANYONE who is experiencing feelings of hopelessness, loneliness, anxiety, and/or depression, to help you get the support you need.

Resources in alphabetical order. See below for support and resources in Spanish, for the hearing impaired and in other languages.

Resources:

Abortion Care Network

The Abortion Care Network (ACN) is a national association for abortion care providers and their allies, who work to protect the rights of women to experience respectful abortion care.

The Ali Forney Center

The Ali Forney Center, based in New York City, is the largest LGBT community center helping LGBT homeless youth in the United States. Their mission is to protect LGBTQ youth homelessness, and educate and empower them with the tools they need to live independently. 

Asian Pride Project

Asian Pride Project is online space for family and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Asian & Pacific Islander (API) people. API is a safe place to share stories and experiences with others, in the languages of your communities. http://asianprideproject.org/

Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

The Boys Town National Hotline is a 24-hour resource and referral service available to people of all identities experiencing emotional distress, abuse, depression, substance abuse or family issues. English and Spanish-speaking operators are available, as well as a TTY line: 1-800-448-1833.

Buddy Project

Buddy Project aims to prevent suicide and self harm by pairing people with a personal support system: a buddy. Buddy Project promotes positivity and companionship, as well as providing resources and education on mental illness. Sign up for a buddy here: http://www.buddy-project.org/signup

Casa de Esperanza 1-651-772-1611

Casa de Esperanza aims to mobilize Latinas and Latino communities to end domestic violence.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations

CAIR’s mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding. 

CHOICE Hotline: 1-800-848-3367

CHOICE provides counseling and education about safer sex, HIV testing, support groups, medical care and social services. It’s free, confidential, and bilingual. Call 1-800-848-3367, or text “AskChoice” to 6674. En Español: 215-985-3350

Coalition for the Homeless

The Coalition for the Homeless is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct service organization helping homeless men, women and children. This searchable database is an online version of the widely popular Coalition for the Homeless Resource Guide. See a list of their hotlines here.

Crisis Text Line Text START to 741-741

Crisis Text Line is the free, nationwide, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. Simply text START to 741-741.

Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community

IDVAAC is an organization focused on the unique circumstances of African Americans as they face issues related to domestic violence, including intimate partner violence, child abuse, elder maltreatment and community violence.

International Gay & Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC)

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) is dedicated to human rights advocacy on behalf of people who experience discrimination or abuse on the basis of their actual or perceived sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. For French, Persian, and Spanish translation of page use link for “Other languages” from home page. 

GLBT National Help Center 1-888-THE-GLNH

The GLBT National Help Center provides gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender & questioning people with free & confidential peer-support & local resources. See their website for more information: http://www.glbthotline.org/

GLBTNearMe.com

The GLBT National Resource Database allows you to access the largest collection of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender resources on the web: over 15,000 of them, in fact.

ItGetsBetter.com

The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to LGBTQ+ youth that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to actually make it better.

Keshet Resources Library

Keshet works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life. They provide a variety of resources on all things LGBT and Jewish: articles, rituals, poetry, divrei torah/sermons, policies and more.

Lifeline Crisis Chat

Lifeline Crisis Chat provides online emotional support, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention services. Chat specialists are available 24/7 to listen and support you through whatever it is you’re going through: http://www.crisischat.org/

National Health Care for the Homeless Council

The Council connects you with peers, specialists, and resources to eliminate homelessness through health care and housing. https://www.nhchc.org/

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233), 800-787-3224 (TTY) 800-942-6908 (Spanish)

This 24/7 hotline provides crisis intervention in both English and Spanish, and referrals to local services and shelters for victims of partner or spousal abuse, and connects callers with emergency help in their own communities, including emergency services and shelters.

The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline 1-866-Su Familia

Su Familia offers Hispanic consumers free, reliable, and confidential health information, resources and local referral services in in Spanish and English.

The National Immigration Law Center

The National Immigration Law Center (NILC) is dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants.

NOPCAS (National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide)

NOPCAS aims to bring suicide and depression awareness to minority communities that have historically been discounted from traditional awareness programs. http://www.nopcas.com/

National Runaway Safeline: 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929

The mission of NRS is to help keep America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY, click, 1800RUNAWAY.org, or text 66008.

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433)

The National Suicide Hotline is a toll-free, 24-hour, confidential hotline which connects you to a trained counselor at the nearest suicide crisis center. En Español: 1-888-628-9454. Options for  Deaf + Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889.

Polaris Project/National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1-888-373-7888.

The Polaris Project is the leader in the global movement to eradicate human trafficking.

Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Each year, over $1.5 million in education grants are awarded to over 1,000 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles, including domestic violence.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) 1-800-656-HOPE

RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800.656.HOPE, online.rainn.org)

Sexual Health Counseling and Referral Hotline

The Sexual Health Hotline is available to discuss a wide range of issues including birth control, emergency contraception, pregnancy options, sexually transmitted Infections including HIV/AIDS, and other aspects of reproductive health. 

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

The Web site for this 24-hour, confidential hotline offers details about how to call if you need help, how to identify suicide warning signs, and information for veterans experiencing emotional distress.

Trans Lifeline – 877-565-8860

Trans Lifeline is dedicated to the well being of transgender people. Their hotline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people.

The Trevor Project 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

The Trevor Project operates the only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. 

US Department of Housing and Urban Development

HUD can assist in locating housing for low-income tenants, including senior citizens and people with disabilities.

Youth Talkline: 1-800-246-PRIDE 

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) Youth Talkline provides telephone, online private one-to-one chat and email peer-support, as well as factual information and local resources for cities and towns across the United States.

YWCA

The YWCA is one of oldest and largest women’s organizations in the nation, serving over 2 million women, girls and their families. They can assist the homeless in finding safe places to sleep and some facilities provide domestic violence, job training and financial literary service.

En Español:

Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-3000

Boys Town National Hotline es un recurso disponible las 24 horas para hombres y mujeres que se encuentren en situaciones de abuso, depresión, abuso de sustancia y otros problemas familiares. Los operadores hablan Español e Inglés igual que el TTY line el cual provee asistencia a personas con discapacidad auditiva.  

Casa de Esperanza 1-651-772-1611

Casa de Esperanza es una líder en el movimiento contra la violencia doméstica y un centro nacional para organizaciones que trabajan con latinos en los Estados Unidos de Norteamérica.  Línea de apoyo bilingüe de 24 horas: 651.772.1611

CHOICE Hotline: 215-985-3350

Choice provee apoyo, consejos y educación salud sexual, pruebas de HIV, grupos de apoyo, cuidado médico y servicios sociales. Es gratuito, privado y bilingüe. Llame al 215-985-3350.

Commission International de Derechos Humanos Para Gays y Lesbianas

La Comisión Internacional de Derechos Humanos para gays y lesbianas es una organización líder dedicada a proteger los derechos humanos hacia gente expuesta a la descriminación  y abuso basados en su preferencia e identidad sexual o expresión. 

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-942-6908

Está línea provee intervención de crisis en Español e Inglés, y referencias a los servicios locales y amparo para las victimas de abuso de pareja y doméstico.  Los voluntarios están disponibles para conectar a la gente con ayuda de emergencia en sus comunidades para todas víctimas en estado de emergencia incluyendo amparo.

The National Hispanic Family Health Helpline 1-866-Su Familia

Su Familia ofrece a los consumidores Hispanos información de salud gratuita y confidencial en español e inglés para quienes necesiten asistencia por medio del sistema de salud. Los recursos nacionales y referencias locales serán proveídos dependiendo de la necesidad del interesado. 1-866-Su Familia.

National Suicide Hotline: 1-888-628-9454

Hotline Nacional para Prevención de Suicidio para personas con discapacidad auditiva 1-800-799-4889. Los servicios son gratuitos disponibles 24 horas que te conectarán con un consejero entrenado en tu centro de crisis más cercano a ti.

TTY (Text Telephone) & for the Hard of Hearing:

National Suicide Hotline 1-800-799-4889

Boys Town National Hotline: 1-800-448-1833

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-787-3224

If you or someone you know is showing signs of self-harm and/or contemplating suicide, call 911 immediately. 

by Danielle Sinay

This piece originally appeared on YSBnow.com.