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LGBTQIA+ Workplace Mental Health Resources For Workers and Employers

Updated: Dec 5, 2023


Mind Share Partners has compiled the following list of resources in response to timely events that are changing the landscape of workplace mental health globally.


Advocacy Organizations Supporting LGBTQIA+ Mental Health

  • The Trevor Project: Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. TrevorLifeline - Phone 1-866-488-7386 Hours: Available 24/7 TrevorText - Text “Trevor” to 1-202-304-1200 Hours: Monday through Friday between 3 pm to 10 pm ET/ Noon- 7 pm PT TrevorChat: Online instant messaging with a TrevorChat counselor. Enter the online portal on The Trevor Project’s Website Hours: 7 days a week, 3 pm to 10 pm ET/ Noon – 7 pm PT

  • Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the well-being of transgender people. The hotline is staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Learn more: www.translifeline.org Phone: 1-877-565-8860 Hours: Every day of the week from 11 am to 5 am ET

  • Human Rights Campaign: The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation is one of the best-known LGBTQ+ charities in the U.S. and worldwide. With over three million supporters, its comprehensive approach to health, wellness and inclusivity helps LGBTQ+ individuals and populations worldwide. The HRC is responsible for implementing several programs that address the persistent forms of stigma, intolerance and inequality that affect LGBTQ+ communities.

    • HRC's Healthcare Equality Index: In its 15th year, the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) is the national LGBTQ+ benchmarking tool that evaluates healthcare facilities' policies and practices related to the equity and inclusion of their LGBTQ+ patients, visitors and employees. The HEI 2022 evaluates more than 2,200 healthcare facilities nationwide.

  • Out & Equal: Out & Equal is a global nonprofit organization working exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Through their worldwide programs, strategic corporate partnerships, and events, they help LGBTQ+ individuals realize their fullest, most authentic potential, while supporting organizations in creating cultures of belonging for all.

  • GLMA Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality: GLMA works to ensure equality in healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals and healthcare providers. They offer a directory for patients to connect with LGBT welcoming providers.

  • It Gets Better Project: The It Gets Better Project is a nonprofit organization with a mission to uplift, empower, and connect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth around the globe. Their website offers education, stories, and a directory of local resources to help get the support your loved one needs.

  • The National Queer & Trans Therapists of Color Network: National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network (NQTTCN) is a healing justice organization committed to transforming mental health for queer and trans people of color (QTPoC).

  • The LGBT National Help Center: The LGBT National Help Center is serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning community by providing free & confidential peer support and local resources.

  • The Okra Project: The Okra Project is a collective that seeks to address the global crisis faced by Black Trans people by bringing home-cooked, healthy, and culturally specific meals and resources to Black Trans People wherever we can reach them.

  • Equality Florida: To combat systemic inequities in healthcare, they launched the LGBTQ Health Equity Program in 2021. Through partnerships with health care systems, Equity Florida fills a major gap in the cultural competency of medical professionals. By educating medical professionals on the needs of LGBTQ patients, they can ensure that LGBTQ patients receive proper diagnostic screenings, earlier diagnoses, and treatments, especially for diseases that disproportionately impact the LGBTQ community, such as cancer and HIV.

  • The Center of Excellence on LGBTQ+ Behavioral Health Equity: provides behavioral health practitioners with vital information on supporting the population of people identifying as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, two-spirit, and other diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions. Through training, coaching, and technical assistance they are implementing change strategies within mental health and substance use disorder treatment systems to address disparities effecting LGBTQ+ people across all stages of life.



Shareable Images To Build Awarness


Use the button below to download images highlighting key LGBTQ+ findings from our 2021 Mental Health at Work report. Share these on your social networks and with your teams to build awareness for LGBTQ+ mental health at work.




A Reading List For Employers On Supporting LGBTQIA+ Mental Health at Work


Resources by Mind Share Partners


[Featured Article] "Companies Must Support Their LGBTQ+ Workers As Growing Anti-LGBTQ+ Sentiment and Legislation Cause Continued Harm To Mental Health," Mind Share Partners

A Curated List of Additional Resources and Education


  • [Article] “How the LGBTQ+ community fares in the workplace,” McKinsey

  • [Article] “For some LGBTQ employees, remote work is a ‘game changer’ for inclusion,” CNBC

  • [Article] “More than 70% of LGBT people have experienced mental health issues because of work,” PinkNews

  • [Article] “LGBTQ+ Communities and Mental Health,” Mental Health America

  • [Article] "Workplace Discrimination Is a Major Mental Health Issue for LGBTQ People,Vice

  • [Article] "How to avoid rainbow-washing and truly support LGBTQ employees during Pride Month," Pink News

  • [Article] "Survey: More Than 1 In 3 LGBTQ Youth Experience Discrimination At Work,Forbes

  • [Article] "These transgender people transitioned during COVID-19 and are bracing for a return to the office,” USA Today


  • [Article] "The risks of coming out at work,” BBC


  • [Research] LGBTQ Youth in the Workplace, Trevor Project

  • [Research Article] Work-related stressors and mental health among LGBTQ workers: Results from a cross-sectional survey, PLOS ONE

  • [Report] Corporate Equality Index 2022, Human Rights Campaign

  • [Article] Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality 2022, , Human Rights Campaign

  • [Guide] "What’s Your Pronoun? Strategies for Inclusion in the Workplace," Out & Equal



Uplifting LGBTQ+ Mental Health Experiences Through Storytelling


At Mind Share Partners, we've partnered with organizations to help them conduct sessions that leverage immersive and participatory storytelling activities exploring the intersections of mental health, work, and the LGBTQ+ experience.


Formal and informal storytelling can also serve as a research-backed catalyst in normalizing the mental health experiences of LGBTQ+ workers.




Resources for Mental Health Employee Resource Groups ("ERGs" or "Affinity Groups")


Mind Share Partners has created resources for ERGs focused on mental health or that include mental health in their activities or content (such as disabilities, inclusion, neurodiversity, and more). Among these are resources that LGBTQ+ ERGs can use to include mental health-related content in their programming. These resources include:

  • [Community] Virtual Community for Mental Health ERGs - An exclusive network of ERGs from 440+ organizations that are committed to creating mentally healthy workplaces. It includes a free Slack community and ongoing resources for leaders of mental health ERGs.

  • [Guide] Mind Share Partners' Peer Group Discussion Guide is designed to support leaders of employee resource groups (or affinity groups) in facilitating impactful discussions around workplace mental health.

  • [Toolkit] "How to Create a Mental Health ERG," by Mind Share Partners



 

Mind Share Partners is a national nonprofit changing workplace mental health culture so employees and organizations can thrive. Its movement building program includes content, campaigns, partnerships, cutting-edge thought leadership, including a virtual community to support leaders of mental health employee resource groups (ERGs). Mind Share Partners also provides full-service, customized workplace mental health training, strategy + advising, and transformation solutions using a proactive, preventive approach with a DEIBJ lens.

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