Where to find help!
Here is a list of all the European countries where you can find help for you or your friend in need.
This list was created within the campaign, Come Out for Mental Health. We wanted to make it easier for LGBTI people to find help...for your self or for a friend in need.
Do you know of helplines, support groups, psychological support for LGBTI people in your country? Drop us an email, so we can make sure to update the list.
|Albania||No information...so far. Drop us an email, if you know of helplines, support groups, psychological support for LGBTI people.|
|Andorra||No information...so far. Drop us an email, if you know of helplines, support groups, psychological support for LGBTI people.|
PINK Armenia provides psychological counseling.
|Austria||No information...so far. Drop us an email, if you know of helplines, support groups, psychological support for LGBTI people.|
Identity and Law can arrange psychological help.
Community Centre (CC) provides psychological support to LGBTI people and their families. CC offers one-on-one consultations and self-help groups.
|Bosnia & Hezegovina||
The organisation Foundation Wings of Hope provides mental health support to LGBTI people. They are located in Sarajevo.
Sarajevo Open Centre's community members use their services and the organisation cover the expenses. Contact Sarajevo Open Centre for more information.
The LGBTI organisation Bilitis can be used as a source of information on finding LGBTI-friendly mental health providers in Bulgaria.
Bilitis works/collaborates with psychotherapists who have experience with LGBTI clients.
There are not any organisations focusing exclusively on LGBTI mental health. Crisis centers (managed by NGOs) helping women who are victims of trafficking or domestic violence sometimes provide help to LGBTI victims with mental health issues. Contact Bilitis for more information.
LGBT Denmark is providing various forms of support for LGBT people through counceling (phone, mail or in person) and peer groups. They work both in Copenhagen and in Århus.
LGBT Ungdom is providing support to LGBTQ youth with a phone helpline, and various peer groups.
Sabaah is providing peer counceling (phone, mail or in person) for LGBT+ people with minority ethnic backgrounds.
|Finland||Seta, the Finnish LGBTI organisation, provides a safe dressing room for cross dressing people at their office. Also Seta has peer support groups for LGBTIQ youth. Contact Seta for more information.|
|Germany||Schwulenberatung which offers mental health counselling to LGBTI people in. The organisation is based in Berlin.|
The support telephone line 11528 provides anonymous and confidential psychological support to young LGBT people, their families and their teachers. In 2017, the project also began providing face-to-face support. Contact 11528 here. The project is supported by four organisations (Lesbian and Gay Community of Greece, Athens Pride, Thess Pride and Positive Voice)
Greek Transgendered Support Association organises psychological support groups for its members. Contact Greek Transgendered Support Association for more information.
The organisation, Rainbowfamilies, provides self-help groups, but only for its members.
The Hungarian Psychological Association (HPA) has a LGBTQ Initiative. Find more information here.
LGBTQ Counselling Center is providing councilling online, offline and phone councelling.
PIPA Foundation provides sessions for LGBTI people in psychology, mediation, coaching, group and individual therapies, consulting, trainings and education.
Hatter Society provides free counseling hotline and personal counseling services.
Gay Switchboard Ireland an LGBT+ support service. They provides a helpline, support groups and email support.
TENI, Transgender Equality Network, is providing peer support groups and family support groups.
BeLonGTo is running free councilling services for LGBT+ youth in Dublin.
Jigsaw is the National Centre for Youth Mental Health. The centre is inclusive of LGBTI people, and offers a range of services.
YourMentalHealth.ie is the official site on mental health services from the National Office for Suicide Prevention.
Percorso diagnostico - Percorso endocrinologico - Percorsi chirurgici: MtF (vaginoplastica) / FtM (clitoridoplastica, falloplastica)
Policlinico S. Orsola- Malpighi
IREOS (Centro Servizi Comunità Queer)
Percorso diagnostico , Percorso endocrinologico, Percorsi chirurgici, Protocollo diagnostico: ONIG*
Percorso endocrinologico, Percorsi chirurgici: MtF (vaginoplastica)
Gruppi di auto-aiuto,
Percorso diagnostico (medico e psicologico), Percorso endocrinologico, Percorsi chirurgici: MtF (laser per eliminazione barba, vaginoplastica, mammoplastica additiva), FtM (mastectomia riduttiva, isterectomia, falloplastica, inserimento protesi peniena, inserimento protesi testicolari, glandoplastica), Servizio per l’identità di genere per adolescenti e famiglie
Torre del Lago Puccini (LU)
SPO.T Sportello Trans Circolo Maurice
Centre CIGALE can guide LGBTI people towards individual practitioners that are specialised in mental health/psychology and/or psychotherapy.
For couple therapies there is the “Family Centre”, which slightly adverts openness for sexual and gender diversity.
Subversive Front provides free services for psycho-social support for LGBTI people, including two psychotherapists offering free psychotherapy to the LGBTI community members. Find more information about the services under the section: Services of free aid for LGBT.
MGRM runs the Rainbow Support Service which provides social work and counselling support and is also involved in facilitating a couple of support groups - one for Trans prison inmates and the other a social group that meets monthly run by Drachma - the LGBTI Christian group.
Their are a number of organisations in Malta involved in the field of mental health although they are not LGBTIQ specific. The Richmond Foundation is one such example.
GENDERDOC-M provides free psychological counseling.
Youth Friendly Health Centers in Chisinau, Balti and Cimislia are able fully to provide mental health services to LGBT youth. Find more information here.
|Montenegro||Spektra and Queer Montenegro provide peer counseling for trans people by trans people. Get more information by contacting Spektra and Queer Montenegro.|
|The Netherlands||De Kringen organises peer groups of gay, lesbian, or bisexual people.
COC Netherlands's Switchboard provides a helpline, chat and email councelling.
Roze Hulpverlening has a list of psychosocial services that have some kind of affinity with LGBT clients.
Transvisie offers support meetings for trans people as well as family and close ones.
Transvisie Zorg (PsyQ) provides individual and group therapeutic care.
Transgender Info Nederland produces a map of the Netherlands with services for trans people and a map of regional initiatives for trans people.
Iedereenisanders.nl provides an overview of LGBT mental health care providers, both online and face-to-face.
113 zelfmoord preventive is a helpline to prevent suicide. Telephone number 113.
Gay & School is a project aimed towards young LGBT people. Find here an overview of where to find help.
|Norway||Ungdomstelefonen by Skeiv Ungdom provides a LGBT phone line for young people.|
|Poland||KPH facilitates a list of LGBTI friendly mental health care providers. Find it here.|
ILGA Portugal has a counseling service, composed by mental health practitioners to whom we provide mandatory training and supervision. It's a community service, therefore the prices are lower than in private practice, and negotiated between the practitioners and clients/patients. The supervisors are two of the most known LGBTI affirming therapists in Portugal: Dra. Gabriela Moita and Dra. Carla Moleiro.
ILGA Portugal also has a project in the north of Portugal, based in Porto, aimed to promote the development of Diversity Alliances ("rainbow clubs" or "gay-straight" alliances) in schools. The project also includes psychological and social support to LGBTI youth.
Centro GIS is a new project in the north, based in Porto, providing support to LGBTI people, including mental health counseling. One of the most trans affirming psychiatrist, Dra. Zélia Figueiredo, also works there.
Deti-404 (Children 404) a project for LGBTQI adolescents, which runs psychological support and peer support as well. Find more information here.
Russian LGBT Network runs a psychological support chat, 24/7. The Network also provides free in person and skype consultations upon request. They also have a hotline: 8 800 555 73 74 (works from 15.00 to 21.00 Moscow time).
|Serbia||Gayten-LGBT provides a LGBTIQ help line, trans support group, email and Facebook consultations. Since 2016, the organisation also provides individual psychological consultations, counselling and psychotherapy for LGBTIQ people.|
|Slovakia|| Q-Centrum is a counselling centre for LGBTI persons based in Bratislava.Clients reach the centre via email, phone or in person. The centre employs a lawyer, a psychologist and a social worker who function as a form of a one-stop-shop where clients can receive counselling on a variety of issues. While the original aim of the initiative was to provide legal counselling, among the most sought are the services of the social worker and a psychologist who provide help in a variety of cases – from coming outs, to family issues, experiences of homophobia and so on. The professionals also counsels the family members of an LGBTI person (mostly psychological counselling). The aim of the centre is to provide clients with counselling in a safe environment with experts who have extensive experience in working with LGBTI persons. Since LGBTI persons often struggle to find a psychologist who would not perceive their sexual orientation or gender identity as a pathology, the clients are sure to find a positive and affirmative approach at the centre.
While the centre offers also the option of a helpline, personal and email contact are among the most preferred by the clients. In a typical case, the client seeks the centre online and requests help or a face-to-face meeting with the centre. The client is then approached by the person of first contact – the social worker who assesses the requests and the options of the client and organises the further meeting sessions. The client is then referred to social, legal or psychological counselling.
Lambda Valencia provides various services to improve the emotional well-being of LGBT people
FELGTB offers LGBT youth guidance and support services
It Gets Better Espana offers a map of resources
|Sweden||Some of RFSL's local branches have counsellors employed by them to support LGBTQ-people trough difficult times. However unfortunately RFSL doesn't have psychologists or psychiatrists employed to help people with more serious issues.|
The project, Blues-Out, aims to fight low mental health for gay men and lesbian women.
The Checkpoints suisses provides psychological consultations and psychotherapy for the GBTI community.
Pink Therapy is an independent therapy organisation working with gender and sexual diversity clients. The organisation comprise a team of 19 Clinical Associates who all positively identify as holding a gender or sexual minority lived-experience. Pink Therapy also offers a Directory of Pink Therapists.
Gendered Intelligence works with the trans community and those who impact on trans lives; we particularly specialise in supporting young trans people under the age of 21. The organisation delivers trans youth programmes, support for parents and carers, professional development and trans awareness training for all sectors and educational workshops for schools, colleges, Universities and other educational settings.
BE Trans Support and Development is a trans community support, development and campaigning organisation operating across the North East and North West regions of England. The organisation offers confidential 121 bespoke holistic support, advice and advocacy services to all gender diverse individuals and their families. Also the organisation facilitate a variety of peer groups and social events, to promote trans community cohesion, to bring like minded people together in a safe and positive environment where they can benefit from interacting with each other.
ClinicQ is an organisation that provides an holistic sexual health and well-being service for all trans people, partners and friends. The team is trans-led, and they offer a safe, confidential space for those who may not feel comfortable accessing mainstream services.
London Friend supports the health and mental well-being of the LGB&T community in and around London. They offer counselling and support around issues such as same-sex relationships, sexual and gender identity and promoting personal growth and self-confidence. London Friend is also home to Antidote - the UK's only LGB&T drug and alcohol service. Their social groups provide a safe space to meet and socialise as an alternative to the bar and club scene.
Spectra Trans Counselling is a free, confidential individual and group counselling for people who identify as trans, non-binary or are questioning their gender identity.
LGBT Foundation Manchester provides a wide range of support and services including a national helpline, sexual health testing and support, free mental health and wellbeing services, the Village Angels volunteers, support groups, and advice for tackling LGBT hate crime and discrimination.
MindOut provides a range of mental health support and advocacy services in Brighton.
Suffolk LGBT Network offers free counselling to LGBTQ+ people.
Trans Unite allows members of the trans and non-binary communities to find a support group local to them (or online).