Mental and Physical Health Care

Taking care of an LGBTQ+ person.

Finding a therapist or other mental health provider can be a critical step to helping your loved one (or yourself!) process the effects of coming out.  Physical health providers also have varying degrees of empathy for our LGBTQ+ loved ones.  As an all-volunteer organization, PFLAG Portland cannot make express recommendations for any particular providers.  But during our peer support meetings, people frequently share their positive experiences.

In addition, our friends at MaineTransNet have created a Maine Queer Health Community Database with detailed information on health providers familiar with the LGBTQ+ community, and including a broader array of services and geographical area.

If you or a loved one are in crisis or considering self-harm, please contact one of these hotlines who provide 24/7 support:

The Trevor Project -- focuses on LGBTQ+ youth, offering counseling 24/7 by call, chat or text. Phone is 866-488-7386, chat or text via their website.

Trans Lifeline -- offering a phone hotline staffed by and for transgender people. Call 877-565-8860.  If appropriate, ask for a call back from one of their friends & family volunteers.

National Suicide Hotline -- call 988 or 800-273-8255  -- offering help 24/7 by phone or chat.