Minority Sexual and Gender Identity/LGBTQI+

The Center for Health and Counseling Services is dedicated to creating a safe, respectful and inclusive environment for persons of all gender, sexual, romantic identities to receive services and support. Counseling staff can assist students with more specific supports and resources in an individual appointment session or consultation. Please call (815) 835-5455 to make an appointment.

Resources*

A Guide to College Mental Health for LGBTQ Students
https://www.talkspace.com/blog/guide-college-mental-health-lgbtq-students/

Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender Communities and Mental Health, Mental Health America
http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/lgbt-mental-health

National Alliance on Mental Illness, LGBTQ
https://www.nami.org/find-support/lgbtq

Lewis University Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)
https://www.lewisu.edu/studentservices/multicultural/organizations/gay-straight/index.htm

Hotlines and Support

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/help-yourself/lgbtq/

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.
https://www.thetrevorproject.org/get-help-now/

TrevorSpace — An online international peer-to-peer community for LGBTQ young people and their friends.

Trevor Support Center — Where LGBTQ youth and allies can find answers to FAQs and explore resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity and more.
TrevorLifeline crisis helpline (866) 488-7386.

TrevorChat confidential online messaging with a counselor.

TrevorText Text START to 678678 confidential text messaging with a counselor.

TransLifeline
https://www.translifeline.org/

Ally Support

Human Rights Center and Establishing Safe Zone
https://www.hrc.org/resources/establishing-an-allies-safe-zone-program

PFLAG
PFLAG is the first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their parents and families, and allies.
https://pflag.org/about

Chicago Area Support and Resources

Howard Brown Health
4025 N. Sheridan Road
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 388-1600

Providing safe haven, health services and community for LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness or housing instability.
https://howardbrown.org/

Center on Halsted
3656 N. Halsted Street
Chicago, IL 60613
(773) 472.6469
http://www.centeronhalsted.org/supportgroups.html

Youth Outlook, Chicago and suburbs
Youth Outlook is the first social service agency in Illinois solely dedicated to the support of LGBTQ+ youth. We work in 6 counties in the Chicago suburbs, offering drop-in centers for youth, parent support, and community education.
https://youth-outlook.org/

Ignite
Youth 14-26 years old, Case management, behavioral health services, education and career support, hygiene and safe sex supplies, lockers and drop in resource
IgnitePromise.org
Helpline 24/7: (866) 803-8336
Textline 24/7: (312) 625-1858

*Note: The Center for Health & Counseling Services of Lewis University does not endorse or recommend a specific resource. This list is to provide assistance and is not intended to be a complete list of all resources.