December 5, 2023

Substance use and mental health concerns do not get better when they are ignored; in fact, they are likely to get much worse. Individuals that identify as LGBTQ+ are often unable to find culturally relevant and affirming treatment services, or they may be fearful of facing discrimination by behavioral and mental health providers. For those struggling, it is important they understand that help is available. For tips and resources on ‘How to Have the Talk’ with your loved one or friend.


Colorado Crisis Services ( • 844-493-8255

Colorado Wellness Recovery (

Gay & Sober (

National Domestic Violence Hotline ( • 800-799-7233

National Eating Disorders Association Helpline
( • 800-931-2237

Trans Lifeline ( • 877-565-8860

Transgender Center of the Rockies
( • 303-761-0200

Trevor Project ( • Trevor LIfeline: 866-488-

True Center for Gender Diversity – Children’s Hospital (
• 720-777-8783

United States Department of Veterans Affairs – LGBTQ+ Resources ( • Veterans Crisis
Line: 800-273-8255 (Press 1)

5/18/22 article originally posted

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