Depending on where you live, there may be different resources available to you. You may be facing certain kinds of obstacles making it difficult to find help. These are some of the types of resources available to you with some suggestions on how to go about making use of them and what you might be able to expect.

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Hotlines (Phone & Online)

Available by phone or online text chat anytime, day or night, wherever you have wifi or phone/data reception. Hotlines provide resource information and emotional support for survivors and allies alike.

Organizations & Agencies

Local and regional organizations that provide free, low-cost, or sliding scale services for advocacy, housing, financial aid, employment assistance, food stamps, and healthcare. Getting networked into a service agency that specializes in the subject with which you’re struggling can make it easier to access multiple kinds of services.

Legal Resources

Because laws vary from place to place, it can be good to educate yourself on your area’s general legal landscape. Local service agencies may also be able to provide legal information and even referrals.

Note: In the U.S., federal law requires every county in every state to have some method of providing legal services with lower barriers to the general public. This usually takes the form of a lawyer referral service. You can Google for your county’s service or call your state’s bar association for more information.

Therapy & Counseling

Finding a therapist may not be easy, but the payoff can be worth the effort. Therapy is a source of strength, not shame or weakness, regardless of your gender or sexual identities.

Friends & Family

Loved ones can provide an intimate emotional connection that reminds us how much we’re loved and valued for who we are. This page also has a few suggestions on how to create and develop a social network if you’re lacking one or not yet ready for some kinds of social pressures.