If you experience a negative online interaction and don't know where to go, we have you covered. If you are in crisis, please reach out to a helpline. If you need general information on mental health services or identify as LGBTQ+ and feel as though community resources could be helpful, please explore our compiled list of resources. Parents, if you need help talking to your child about their technology usage, don't hesitate to look into finding guides online.
- Resources for Mental Health Information and Crisis
Re:solve: Crisis line open 24-hours, 7 days a week for Allegheny County. Call 1-888-796-8226.
Crisis Text Line: Crisis text line open 24-hours, 7 days a week. Text HOME to 741-74.
The Trevor Project: A safe space for LGBTQ+ youth. Call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678. Or join Trevor Space for a safe and affirming place to chat with other LGBTQ+ youth (ages 13-24).
SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline: Offers general information on mental health & locates treatment services. Available (Monday-Friday 8am-8pm EST). Call 1-877-SAMHSA7 (1-877-726-4727).
Psychology Today Find a Therapist: If you're looking for mental health treatment but don't know where to start, Psychology Today offers a quick and simple tool to help you take your first steps toward treatment.
UPMC STAR Center: Mental health assessment and treatment center for adolescents experiencing depression and/or anxiety toward the goal of youth suicide prevention. STAR can be reached via their website.
- Resources for Negative Online Interactions
Safe2Say: Resource for students of the state of Pennsylvania that allows anonymous reporting on a number of issues, including in-person bullying and cyberbullying.
CHPDP Bullying Prevention Hotline: Hotline for bullying and negative online interactions that is run by prevention experts.
Cyberbullying Research Center: Tips, guides, and resources for teens, parents, and providers who need help addressing, coping with, or responding to negative online interactions.
Crisis Text Line: A thorough breakdown of tips, explanations, and resources for adolescents and parents describing the signs and nature of bullying.
Bullies Out: Explanations for how to report bullying and negativity on different social media sites.
- Resources for LGBTQ+ Youth, Families, and Communities
PERSAD Center: Provides affirming support and various services to youth that respond to the struggles uniquely faced by LGBTQ+ youth. There is a free after-school program that takes place in the Pittsburgh Gay and Lesbian Community Center on Tuesday and Thursday nights.
Pittsburgh Equality Center: (Formerly GLCC). Serves as a bridge that promotes education, advocacy, and social justice for all LGBTQIA+ people and allies in Western Pennsylvania.
Project Silk: An innovative program directed towards African-American and Latino gay and bisexual men and transgender individuals in Pittsburgh between the ages of 13 and 29. The project provides a safe space, hosts community events, and links youth to medical care, HIV/STD testing, hormone treatment, counseling, housing, education, job training, and legal services.
SisTers PGH: A black- and trans-led organization serving queer, non-binary, and trans BIPOC in Southwestern PA with resources such as offering a safe, affirming space for all, emergency housing, medical referrals, rent assistance, and more.
Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation: An LGBTQ+-led Pittsburgh-based organization with goals of providing LGBTQ+ and HIV support and education to foster health and wellness. The variety of resources includes legal help and information for parents on how to affirm their children's LGBTQ+ identities. Can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trans YOUniting: Offers a variety of resources targeting black trans and gender expansive individuals such as housing and food assistance, connections with other LGBTQ+ services in Pittsburgh, and mutual aid funds.
QBurgh: Pittsburgh's LGBTQ+ directory highlighting LGBTQ+-owned businesses, advocacy opportunities, safe spaces, and more.
Pennsylvania's Youth Congress LGBTQ+ directory: A search engine that locates LGBTQ+-friendly community resources across the state of PA.
Dreams of Hope: A comprehensive list of Pittsburgh-based local and national resources for LGBTQ+ youth.
Pennsylvania Equality Project: A state-wide LGBTQ+ rights organization offering resources, education, legal advocacy and news, and conducting research.
PFLAG: A national organization offering support, education, and resources to LGBTQ+ youth, their families, and anyone interested in becoming an ally.