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Helplines and Support for LGBTQ+ Communities

Manchester Pride is a charity with LGBTQ+ communities at the heart of everything we do. Our vision is a world where all LGBTQ+ people are free to live and love without prejudice, and our mission is to work with LGBTQ+ people helping them to live free from discrimination and to feel safe in their own environment.

We recognise that statistically, LGBTQ+ people are at much higher risk of experiencing poor mental health, and are often faced with difficulties accessing mental health services and support. Thankfully there are many incredible organisations operating to ensure the wellbeing of LGBTQ+ people.

LGBT Foundation provides a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bi and trans + people. Their helpline is open on 0345 3 30 30 30, 9am-9pm weekdays.

Switchboard provides information, support and referral service for lesbians, gay men and bisexual and trans people – and anyone considering issues around their sexuality and/or gender identity. Switchboard LGBT listens to LGBT+ people, providing a lifeline and calm words to those who need them. You can get it touch on the phone, by email or through Instant Messaging. The helpline number is 0300 330 0630.

The Proud Trust is a life saving and life enhancing organisation that helps LGBT+ young people empower themselves, to make a positive change for themselves, and their communities. It does this through youth groups, coordinating national and regional LGBT+ youth work networks. The Proud Trust has developed an online tool to find your local youth group. You can search for trans-specific, BAME-specific and LGBT+-specific groups.

Micro Rainbow runs safe houses dedicated solely to LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees. 1,500 LGBTI refugees from those countries come to the UK every year. There are several ways to get in touch with Micro Rainbow, and its services such as its helpline is open for those in need of assistance.

akt supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 in the UK who are experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile or abusive environment. If you are a young person, you can refer yourself to akt's services via their website. 

Regard is a national organisation of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender and queer people (LGBTQ) who self-identify as disabled. It has created guides for Disabled and older people. The guidelines feature really helpful advice for food shopping and how to cope with isolation.

George House Trust provides services to people living with, and affected by, HIV. If you are in need of support, advice or information and would like to speak to someone, George House Trust run a Telephone Buddy Service, a 1 to 1 Service for in-person and telephone appointments, and more.

R U Coming Out provides information and resources for people coming out and those who want to learn more about sexuality. There is no right or wrong way to come out, but reading about other people’s experiences can help. Check out their resources, tips & advice on coming out.

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