West (Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)

ALBERTA

 

LGBTQ-friendly Crisis Lines

 

LGBTQ Support Help Line

A toll free, 24-hour support/crisis line operated by Distress Centre Calgary to support LGBT/sexual minority and questioning youth.
Call 1-877-688-4765 (1-877- OUT IS OK).

 

St. Paul & District Crisis Centre

24-hour crisis line.
Call 1-800-263-3045 or 780-645-5195.

 

Distress Line of Southwestern Alberta (Canadian Mental Health Association)

24-hour crisis line serving Chinook Health Region and south part of Calgary.
Call 1-888-787-2880 or 403-327-7905.

 

Crisis Support Centre

A program of The Support Network. Services are for anyone who needs support. Offers two 24/7 crisis lines and online crisis chat hours are 6pm to 10pm Monday to Thursday and noon to 4pm on Sunday.
Call 24-hour Distress Line at 780-482-4357 (780-482-HELP)
North Alberta: 1-800-232-7288

 

Wood’s Homes

A community owned and operated children’s mental health centre based in Calgary. Offers 24-hour crisis lines.
Call 1-800-563-6106 or 403-299-9699.

 

Alberta Mental Health Board Help Line

Call 1-877-303-2642.

 

Sexual Assault Centre Help Line

Call 780-423-4121.

 

Distress Centre Calgary

Confidential and non-judgmental. Offer free 24/7/365 crisis intervention, professional counselling and referral services to help you overcome crisis. Have a main crisis line, a teen crisis line, and online chat support (does not operate 24 hours) for teens.
Main Crisis Line: 403-266-4357 (403-266-HELP)
Teen Crisis Line: 403-264-8336 (403-264-TEEN)
ConnecTeen Online Chat: calgaryconnecteen

 

Wheatland Shelter Crisis Line (Community Crisis Society, Wheatland Shelter)

Offers a 24-hour crisis line.
Call 403-934-6634 or Toll-Free 1-877-934-6634.

 

Services for LGBTQ youth

 

SOGI 123

Initiative that helps foster safe and inclusive schools for students of all sexual orientations and gender identities, by facilitating inclusive curricula, policies/procedures and other school resources.

 

Camp fYrefly – Alberta

A summer camp allowing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, Two-Spirited, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied youth to come together to develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become positive change agents in their schools, families, and communities. Offered in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Peterborough.

 

AlbertaTrans.org

A resource for anyone on the transgender spectrum (male-to-female, female-to-male, transsexual, cross-dresser, gender queer, drag performer; pre-op, post-op, semi-op, non-op, intersexed, two-spirit, questioning, bi-gendered, androgynous, full-time, part-time, straight, gay, bisexual, pansexual) as well as their friends, family and supporters.

 

Transformers

Peer support/youth drop-in group. A monthly meet up and information night, for trans guys, FTMs, those questioning their gender, trans-masculine folks, and other interested people, allies and partners to talk and learn about gender and transition, and build community.
Email: Transformerscalgary@gmail.com

 

Calgary Outlink: Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (formerly Gay & Lesbian Community Services Association)

Provides support, safety and fellowship to Calgary’s community of sexual and gender diversity. Offers the InsideOut Youth Group, a drop-in peer support group to ask questions, information, referrals, and support for youth aged 14-25 of all identifications across the spectrum. Also, offers the New Directions Group, a drop-in peer support group that provides support and resources for individuals and couples who identify as transsexual, transgender, inter-sexed or questioning

 

PFLAG Alberta

PFLAG is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. Visit site to find a chapter.

 

Apollo Friends in Sports

A volunteer-operated, non-profit organization serving primarily members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgendered communities but open to members of all communities. Provides well-organized and fun sporting events and other activities to allow members to participate and interact in a positive social framework.

 

The Miscellaneous Youth Network

Created to provide and increase education, support and resources with regards to and for gay, bisexual, lesbian, queer, questioning, Two-Spirited and trans-identified (GBLQQTT) youth and the community through youth-friendly gatherings and educational programs. Offers the Mosaic Youth Group, which provides queer movie screenings, arts and craft nights, education/interest speakers, and more for youth aged 10-25.

 

Family Resilience Project

Operates out of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services (iSMSS), Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. Provides evidence-informed professional supports for sexual and gender minority children, youth (under 25 years), families, and community agencies in the Edmonton region. Includes the Trans and Gender Questioning Youth Support Group for youth aged 16- 25.
Call 780-492-5205 or email families@ualberta.ca

 

Pride Centre of Edmonton

A community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, Two-Spirit, queer and questioning individuals, their friends and families. Offer a variety of groups and services to members of the community. Includes Youth Space, an after-school drop-in for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning, youth under 25 years old.

 

Youth Understanding Youth (YUY)

A weekly discussion and support group for youth under 25 years old who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, Two-Spirited, queer, asexual, allied and questioning in Edmonton

 

Team Edmonton

A volunteer-operated, non-profit society serving primarily members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual & transgendered communities but open to friends and supporters. Provides access to well-organized and fun sporting events and other recreational activities that allow them to participate and interact in a positive social framework.

 

Alt View Foundation for Gender Variant and Sexual Minorities

A social and support group for LGTBQ youth in Sherwood Park/Strathcona County and Edmonton. Provides resources and support to sexual minority and gender variant persons in the region.

 

Inner City Youth Housing Project

Shelter for homeless/street involved youth familiar with the inner city. Non-gendered housing structure (youth not separated by gender). 6 homes located in Central and Northeast Edmonton.
Phone: 780-479-7075

 

Prosper Place

A clubhouse offering opportunities for employment, education, socialization and community involvement.
Phone: 780-426-7861

 

Affirm

United Church GLBTQ group that meets every second Tuesday.
Phone: 403-347-6063

 

HIV West Yellowhead

Offers OUTJasper support program, a positive space for all GLBTQ and allies to openly discuss any issues they are facing.

 

Gay and Lesbian Association of the Peace (GALAP)

Strives to improve the quality of life and empower the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and Two-Spirited community and its supporters through communication, education, participation, and understanding. Peer-led support.
Phone: 780-513-1990


SASKATCHEWAN

 

LGBTQ-friendly Crisis Lines

 

St. Paul & District Crisis Centre

24-hour crisis line serving all Alberta and Northeastern Saskatchewan.
Phone: 1-800-263-3045 or 780-645-5195.

 

Mobile Crisis Service (Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service Inc.)

Provides comprehensive 24/7/365 crisis response services to individuals and families.
Phone: 306-933-6200.

 

Regina Mobile Crisis Services

Provide an integrated, comprehensive, social and health crisis and emergency intervention service on a 24/7 basis.
Crisis Line: 306-525-5333, Mobile Crisis Services: 306-757-0127, or Child Abuse Line: 306-569-2724.

 

Southwest Crisis Line

A 24/7 crisis line for residents of the entire southwest corner of Saskatchewan.
Phone: (306) 778-3386 or 1-800-567-3334.

 

West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre

Provides free services without prejudice, including youth counselling, crisis counselling, and suicide prevention among other services. Crisis services operate Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Call 24 hour support line at 306-933-6200.

 

North East Crisis Intervention Centre

Offers a 24-hour crisis line that provides telephone support in any crisis, supportive listening, and information and referrals.
Call 1-800-611-6349 or 306-752-9455.

 

Hudson Bay Family & Support Centre (formerly Hudson Bay & District Crisis Centre)

Provide ongoing crisis support and referrals for individuals and families experiencing distress in their lives. Offer a 24-hour a regional crisis (Northeast) line operated out of Melfort.
Call 1-800-611-6349.

 

Prince Albert Mobile Crisis Unit

Offer a 24-hour crisis line.
Call 306-764-1011.

 

Services for LGBTQ youth

 

Camp fYrefly – Saskatchewan

A summer camp allowing lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified, two-spirited, intersex, queer, questioning, and allied youth to come together to develop the leadership skills and personal resiliency necessary for them to become positive change agents in their schools, families, and communities. Offered in Regina.
Phone: 306-529-2431

 

PFLAG Saskatchewan

PFLAG is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. Visit site to find a chapter.

 

Saskatoon Diversity Network (SDN)

A volunteer-driven non-profit organization which serves the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, Two-Spirit, queer and questioning community, family, and supporters. Raises awareness of queer community and culture by facilitating, organizing, promoting and presenting a queer pride festival.

 

OutSaskatoon

Non-profit organization working to address health and social issues in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, Two-Spirit and transgender community. Provide peer-counseling, information resources, community centre, social events, and sponsored clubs and groups.

 

Gay & Lesbian Community of Regina

Operates the non-profit Outside Nightclub & Lounge, and Gay & Lesbian Community Centre in Regina. A healthy, comfortable atmosphere in which to identify and address the needs for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.
Email: glcr@sasktel.net   


MANITOBA

 

LGBTQ-friendly Crisis Lines

 

Manitoba Suicide Line

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide or dealing with a suicide loss. 24-hours, toll free.
Call 1-877-435-7170.

 

Mental Health Crisis Service

A 24-hour, toll-free crisis line for those who are experiencing difficulty in coping with a wide range of mental health difficulties.
Call 866-588-1697 (if located West of the Red River), or 888-617-7715 (if East of the Red River)

 

Klinic Community Health Centre

Medical care and counselling for the public, includes teen and trans health services. Also has 24-hour crisis lines.
Call 1-888-322-3019 or 204-786-8686.

 

Services for LGBTQ youth

 

Sexuality Education Resource Centre Manitoba

Promotes sexual health education by providing information, resources and support. The Facts of Life program provides information and resources via email.

 

PFLAG Manitoba

PFLAG is a national charitable organization, founded by parents who wished to help themselves and their family members understand and accept their non-heterosexual children. Visit site to find a chapter.

 

Honouring the Spirit of our Little Sisters (Safe Transition Home)

A six-bed safe transition home in Winnipeg, in operation by Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre Inc., for female and transgender youth aged 13-17, who have been subjected to and at risk for continued sexual exploitation.

 

Winnipeg Transgender Support Group (formerly known as Transgender Café)

Volunteer-run organization of male-to-female, female-to-male and intersexed individuals. Peer support and information for anyone who wishes to explore issues of gender identity or transition in a non-judgmental environment.

 

Rainbow Resource Centre

Many events catering to LGBTTQA youth, including: creative writing workshops, radical cheerleading, movie nights, drag workshops, LGBT art exhibits, self-defense, bowling, zine making.