Life has dealt me some serious challenges that I imagine many of you share — depression and suicidal thoughts, self acceptance of orientation or gender identity, sexual abuse, and religious wounds. I hope these resources help you. You are not alone.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress at 1-800-273-8255.
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25.
DigintyUSA works for respect and justice for LGBTQ+ people in the Catholic Church and the world through education, advocacy, and support.
PFLAG is the largest organization for LGBTQ+ people, their parents and families, and allies. Find a chapter.
Trans Lifeline's Hotline (877-565-8860) is a peer support service run by trans people for trans and questioning callers.
LGBT National Help Center has hotlines for people of all ages and provides free and confidential peer support and local resources.
Q Chat Space online discussion groups for LGBTQ+ teens.
It Gets Better Project shares inspiring stories of LGBTQ+ people just like you and provides youth support services.
CLERGY IN CRISIS
The Southdown Institute gave me back my life and health when I left the priesthood. If you are a religious leader struggling with depression, anxiety, addictions, burnout, or other psychological stress, call them. Consultations are free and confidential. They will listen and offer you clarity and or direction.
National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline (800-656-4673) is operated by the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN).
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is a support group for those wounded by religious and institutional authorities.
The Clergy Project provides support, community, and hope to those current and former religious professionals who no longer hold to supernatural beliefs. I was a founding member and recommend this community to clergy who have evolved beyond their faith.
Recovering from Religion (844-368-2848) offers peer and professional support to those doubting, changing or leaving their faith. (More resources)
The Secular Therapy Project can help you find a therapist who won't proselytize you.
Grief Beyond Belief is a faith-free support network for atheists, Humanists, and other Freethinkers.
The Freedom from Religion Foundation works to protect the separation of church and state.
DON'T GIVE UP
There is life beyond the trauma.