Club Q: Mental health resources after a mass shooting

Club Q: Mental health resources after a mass shooting

(COLORADO) – The city of Colorado Springs has created a page on its website to provide mental health resources to victims and families, following the nighttime shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs on Nov. 19.

Not only are there local resources to help you, but also throughout Colorado and nationally. There are people you can talk to and resources you can access right now.

Local resources:

  • Upside Down Youth Services – Inside Out Youth Services aims to build access, equity and power with LGBTQIA2+ youth ages 13-24 in the Pikes Peak area. They are a non-profit organization based in Colorado Springs.
    • The organization initially closed its Discord server for the holidays, but reopened the virtual platform for the community to come together and process the events of the Club Q shoot.
    • Call 1-719-328-1056 or email them at info@insideoutys.org.
  • Cedar Springs Hospital – Cedar Springs offers 24/7 referral and assessments, by phone or online, for people of all ages with psychiatric disorders, substance abuse or co-occurring illnesses.
  • Different – Offers a 24/7 walk-in crisis center for all ages, regardless of ability to pay, for crisis services and counseling, as well as 24-hour care for mental well-being.
  • Peak view – Offers free assessments 24/7 for people of all ages seeking mental health and/or addictions help and support.

Statewide Resources

  • Colorado Crisis Services – Qualified counselors are available to help you with depression, bullying, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, family crisis, relationship issues and more.
    • For confidential and immediate assistance, you can: call 1-844-493-8255text “TALK” to 38255use the online chat service or drop-in at a walk-in center located throughout the Southeast Region (Colorado Springs & Pueblo), West Slope (Montrose), Northeast Region, and Metro Denver.
  • REAL Center for Gender Diversity — The TRUE Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado is the only comprehensive care center in the Rocky Mountain region specifically set up for gender-diverse children, teens, and young adults, according to their website.
    • A team specializes in helping patients achieve the gender expression that is right for them. They understand the medications and medical concerns that gender transitions entail, but also understand the emotional challenges of gender diversity.
    • The center also provides gender diversity services such as puberty blocking medication, hormone therapy, gender counselling, nutrition services, referral to therapy and support groups, change assistance legal name and gender marker change.
    • Call (720) 777-TRUE (8783) or email TRUE@childrenscolorado.org.
  • Mental Health Colorado – This organization offers a variety of online mental health screenings in English and Spanish to determine if you have symptoms of a mental health problem. The organization offers family support, access to housing and other services.

National resources

  • National LGBTQ+ Helpline– The National LGBTQIA+ Helpline is staffed by highly trained volunteers who identify somewhere on the LGBTQIA+ spectrum. They offer a safe, anonymous and confidential space.
    • Callers may talk about many different issues and concerns, including but not limited to: dating issues, gender and/or sexual identities, relationship issues, bullying, work issues, anxiety related to HIV/AIDS, information on safer sex, suicide and much more.
    • Call 1-888-843-4564 .
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – The Lifeline provides free and confidential 24/7 support for people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, prevention and resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States .
    • Call 1-800-273-TALK (8255)or dial 988 .
  • The Trevor Project – You can call, text or chat with trained counselors who will provide information and support to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning young people 24/7. The Trevor Project aims to end suicide among LGBTQIA+ youth.
  • trans lifeline – The Trans Lifeline Hotline is a trans-run peer support phone service for trans and questioning people. Its goal is to connect trans people to community support and resources.
  • black line– BlackLine is a 24 hour hotline for the Black, Black LGBTQIA+, Brown, Indigenous and Muslim community. However, no one will be diverted from the Hotline.
    • The purpose of the BlackLine is to provide individuals with an anonymous and confidential way to report negative, physical and inappropriate contact with police and vigilantes, according to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.
    • Call 1 (800) 604-5841 .
  • DeQH hotline – DeQH provides confidential support to South Asian lesbian, gay, bi, queer trans, non-binary, questioning people in the United States by trained South Asian LGBQ/TGNB+ peer support volunteers.
  • Crisis text line – Text HOME to 741741to contact a crisis counsellor. Crisis Text Line serves everyone, regardless of the type of crisis, by providing access to free assistance 24/7.
    • “Crisis doesn’t just mean thinking about ending your own life,” their website states. “It’s any painful emotion and any time you need support.”

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