Hi everyone! During this month we here at Blu Alliance celebrate Pride Month as it is especially significant to us. Did you know that the founders of Blu Alliance Counseling Center are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community? Our CEO Amanda Alonzo (she/her) identifies as bisexual and our Group Director Quirino Robles (he/him) identifies as Gay. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Providing a safe place for the LGBTQIA+ community to obtain mental health support is extremely important to us. This month we will celebrate and recognize all the trailblazers within the LGBTQIA+ community. Happy Pride Month!!
Below we have included resources for the LGBTQ+ from the Department of Mental Health from the County of Los Angeles. Please access the services you need and always remember to be compassionate to who you are.
- Trevor Project Lifeline: (800) 788-7386
The Trevor Lifeline provides support to LGBTQ youths and allies in crisis or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk.
- Trans Lifeline: (877) 565-8860
Trans Lifeline provides peer support for the transgender community, and is run by and for trans people.
- SAGE National LGBT Elder Hotline: (877) 360-LGBT (5428)
The SAGE Hotline connect LGBT older people and their caregivers with friendly responders who are ready to listen.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline for LGBTQ+ Community: (800) 273-8255
This page offers information and resources for LGBTQ+ individuals who are struggling with suicidal feelings or mental health crises.
- LGBT National Help Center
A national resource that provides LGBTQ+ community with free & confidential support and referral resources via phone, text, and chat.
- Colors Youth
This non-profit organization provides free and unlimited mental health services for LGBTQ-identified youths ages 25 and younger.
- Los Angeles LGBT Center
This center offers a broad range of health & social services, cultural education, and leadership development resources for the LGBTQ+ community in the Greater Los Angeles area.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) LGBTQI Page
This page highlights the unique mental health needs of the LGBTQ+ community and includes hotlines and resources to help address those needs.
- 211 LA’s LGBTQ+ Page
This page includes information on free and low-cost health, human, and social services for LGBTQ+ individuals and families in LA County.
PFLAG is the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ family and ally organization, with over 400 local chapters dedicated to creating safe communities for LGBTQ+ individuals and families. Chapters within LA County include:
- It Gets Better Project
The It Gets Better Project inspires people across the globe to share their stories and remind the next generation of LGBTQ+ youth that hope is out there, and it will get better.
We have also included a list of therapeutic resources that include directories for therapists who offer sliding scales, and gives access to providers who identify as POC.
Therapy for Black Girls – Therapy for Black Girls is an online space dedicated to encouraging the mental wellness of Black women and girls.
Therapy for Black Men – TherapyForBlackMen.org is a directory to help men of color in their search for a therapist. Using the directory, men can search by therapist location and specialization. Searching by location, the results will include the therapists near you and will display their credentials, location, and the issues they treat.
LatinxTherapy – Demystifying mental health stigmas in the Latinx community nationwide which includes a directory that has Latinx therapists.
InclusiveTherapists – Inclusive Therapists offers a safer, simpler way to find a culturally responsive, social justice-oriented therapist.
Open Path Collective – In partnership with licensed mental health clinicians in private practice throughout the fifty states, Open Path Psychotherapy Collective provides middle and lower-income level individuals, couples, families, and children with access to affordable psychotherapy and mental health education services.
“As Always Blu Specializes In You”
I am the Group Coordinator at Blu Alliance Counseling Center. I contribute to the Blu Alliance Blog where my focus is providing information about therapy in a way that is honest, and relatable. My educational background includes a BA in Psychology from Cal State Los Angeles, and an MA in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University.