LGBTI+ supports for young people during the COVID-19 pandemic
BeLonGTo and TENI offer supports to LGBTI+ young people via phone, text and email
BeLonGTo offers support to LGBTI+ young people during COVID-19 pandemic
If you are an LGBTI+ young person looking for support during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, BeLonGTo is here to support you. BeLonGTo is a charity that supports LGBTI+ young people in Ireland. Their Youth Workers are available to provide text, email and phone support for those who need it during this time of uncertainty.
BeLonGTo know that some LGBTI+ young people may feel isolated from their peers and chosen family, feel stuck in their homes with family members who do not support their identity, and feel scared and anxious about the future.
If you need help, they are here no matter what is going on for you. This is a scary time and nobody has to be alone during it. Reach out and talk to one of their friendly, expert Youth Workers Shane, Kate and Sean. They are happy to listen, provide you with information and refer you to other support services if needed. Find out how to get in touch with BeLonGTo's Youth Workers.
BeLonGTo are now also running some of their youth clubs online via zoom for current youth group members. Find out more about which BeLonGTo youth clubs are running during the pandemic.
Working with Pieta, BeLonGTo are also providing a free crisis counselling service for LGBTI+ youth who are self-harming or thinking of suicide. Their therapist, Nash, is friendly and welcoming, and will listen to you in a safe, non-judgmental space and work through whatever is worrying you. Find out more here or make an appointment here.
TENI offer information and support
TENI are the Transgender Equality Network Ireland, the offer advice and support services to transgender people and their families in Ireland. Find out more information about TENI.
24/7 Text Message Support from SpunOut.ie
At SpunOut.ie we also offer 24/7 text message support for all young people in Ireland. This situation is completely new to everyone involved and it is normal to feel worried or anxious about what is going on. Staying at home can be an isolating experience for many young people, so it is important to reach out if you need help.
If you feel overwhelmed by the current situation and need someone to talk to, our anonymous, 24 hour text line is always open. You're worth talking about and we're here to listen and support you.
- Get anonymous support 24/7 with our text message support service
- Connect with a trained volunteer who will listen to you, and help you to move forward feeling better
- Text SPUNOUT to 50808 to begin
- Find out more about our text message support service