Cyberbullying How to Stay Safe Online https://www.vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/ Our online safety is something we take for granted. This guide is absolutely packed with information. ***I am advising content warnings. This is an amazing and informative read. But it does touch on sensitive issues & descriptive instances. I still highly advise this article be read and shared!*** “In a perfect world, LGBTQ+ people wouldn’t face a heightened risk online and would be free to express themselves however they wish. Sadly, social norms aren’t changing fast enough, and we still have a long way to go before that reality is realized. Unfortunately, this means that LGBTQ+ people have to be extra careful, especially online.”
Emergency Financial Assistance https://www.alberta.ca/emergency-financial-assistance.aspx Financial assistance for unexpected emergencies is available through the Emergency Needs Allowance. You can get help when a situation is caused by unforeseeable circumstances beyond your control, and it presents a severe health risk, and you cannot access other resources or wait until your next pay-cheque or Income Support benefit cheque.
BriteLine 1-844-70(BRITE) 1-844-702-7483 https://www.briteline.ca/?fbclid=IwAR2asFXkxu7gOt7w5RR6mf_SdfGcVOe7MsuT7RKri9-6QXP2JupmV1ts1ks BriteLine provides resources and help for youth and adults by giving much needed advocacy and support. The assistance BriteLine offers is essential for people who have been marginalized, face violence increased by – but not limited to – factors such as legal status, age, culture, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or disabilities. Having inclusive organizations visible and active in our communities, allows our 2SLGBTQIA+ folk to seek help and resources, from people who are already familiar with the challenges they may face.
HEALTH Link Alberta (24hrs) 1-866-408-5465 or 811
Canadian Mental Health Association-Edmonton http://edmonton.cmha.ca 24 hour distress line: (780) 482-4357 When you see someone in distress, you can help before police or emergency services are needed by calling 211 and pressing 3 to dispatch the 24/7 Crisis Diversion Team.
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Text CONNECT 686868 https://kidshelpphone.ca/what-is-kids-help-phone 24 hour, anonymous phone counseling for children and youth, 100% confidential they do not trace calls, they do not have call display, you do not have to tell them your name. You can connect by phone or mobile app, or through the website.
Translifeline http://www.translifeline.org The Hotline: Canada:1-877-330-6366 US:1-877-565-8860 Need to talk? Call! Our peer support hotline is run by and for trans people. Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented collective community aid.
Counselling & Support Groups
Centre For Sexuality https://www.centreforsexuality.ca/ (403) 283-5580 We offer information, resources, and support for topics related to sexuality including youth and family support, resources for teachers and students starting a GSA/QSA, the Calgary GSA/QSA Network, Gay Men’s Health programming including two STI testing nights a week, and professional development training as well as LGBTQ2S+ organizational audits through our Training Centre. Our services are available across the Province although some accommodations may be made (such as phone or Skype calls) based on services requested.
CHEW Project YEG chewprojectyeg.org https://www.facebook.com/chewprojectyeg/ (780) 263-2221 CHEW provides frontline support, resources, and education for LGBTQ2S+ youth and young adults (ages 14-29) facing barriers. These barriers may include mental health, violence, poverty, homelessness, substance use, sexual health, sexual exploitation/sex work, and others. We provide a safe place for youth to get basic needs, get off the street, and find hope. We offer inclusive and confidential STI testing, counselling and crisis intervention, Indigenous peer support, a safe place where youth can access harm reduction and basic needs supplies, and so much more! Come check us out at our downtown office, the OUTpost, or on campus at the University of Alberta.
DOCHAS Psychological Services Inc. https://dochaspsych.com Phone: (780) 446-0300 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org At Dochas, we enable adolescents, adults, couples, first responders/veterans, and seniors just like you to feel safer in an unpredictable world by empowering you to trust what your mind, body, and emotions tell you.
Insight Psychological https://www.insightpsychological.ca/sexuality/lgbtq/ (780) 962-3310 If you are struggling with your sexual or gender identity and are having difficulty coming out, or if you have come out, and are feeling isolated or shame – you might want to consider therapy. It’s possible that there is literally no one else you can talk to about some of these issues and a trained therapist can help.
The LGBTQ+ Wellness Centre https://www.wellnesscentreab.ca/ email@example.com 9117 82 Avenue NW Edmonton The Centre aims to provide quality and timely care to the transgender,non-binary and gender diverse persons in northern Alberta. The Centre focuses on crisis support, outreach to individuals seeking healthcare, education opportunities for family doctors and other healthcare providers, as well as engagement with grassroots organization and other professionals who are interested in or are currently providing care.
The Family Centre https://www.the-family-centre.com (780) 900-5934 #20, 9912 106 Street NW Edmonton The Family Centre provides workshops, therapy, family support services, interpretation, and translation services to foster healthy families in healthy communities. We empower children, youth, and families to effectively navigate through change, raise healthy children, develop strong and healthy relationships, and heal from trauma. The Pride Centre of Edmonton http://pridecentreofedmonton.ca (780) 488-3234 The centre hosts LGBTQ events as well as has a youth space, resources, and a library on their website. Services include drop in programs for youth and adults, information and resources, programming, counselling provided by qualified counsellors, peer support groups, outreach programs, and workshops.
Skipping Stone Foundation https://www.skippingstone.ca/ (403) 988-9138 The Skipping Stone Foundation is a Calgary-based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower trans and gender diverse youth and their families in the province of Alberta. Having observed that historically, far too often trans and gender diverse youth are subject to significant negative stigma and substantially increased barriers to equitable care, support and quality of life, the Skipping Stone Foundation was formed with the goal of breaking down those barriers and giving youth positive and affirming opportunities surrounding their gender identity.