Wisconsin-Based Resources

The Center for Community Healing - Madison, WI 

"The Center for Community Healing is a counseling center in Madison, Wisconsin dedicated to serving LGBTQ+ individuals, couples, and families. Queer folx in distress need skilled clinicians who understand their lived experiences and identities.  We are queer and trans clinicians who have significant clinical expertise in supporting recovery from trauma, managing anxious and depressive symptoms, and making relationships work for you. "

Services include: Mental Health Counseling, Telehealth and phone counseling, gender affirming support."

Free Short Term Counseling for Black LGBTQ+ Folks in Wisconsin 

"In honor of Tony McDade and Nina Pop, Shannon will be offering a limited number of free, short-term counseling sessions for Black LGBTQ+ folx in Wisconsin. Those who are eligible can access up to 5, 50 minute counseling sessions. To access this care, you must:

  • Have access to an internet connection and the ability to use our HIPAA compliant telehealth app via smartphone or computer for sessions. Computer and internet access is needed for sessions as long as the Center for Community Healing is providing telehealth remotely. We are in the process of evaluating safety considerations and a return to in person sessions, and will be working remotely at least through the end of June

  • Live in the State of Wisconsin and be in the State of Wisconsin at the time of services per license requirements

  • Be age 18 or older

Please call Shannon at (608) 520-0461 or email shannon.neimeko@gmail.com to schedule a phone consult.

Diverse & Resilient - Milwaukee Area 

Diverse & Resilient is a Wisconsin-based organization to provide capacity-building and direct-service work to address health disparities for LGBTQ people in Wisconsin. Areas of focus include anti-violence, leadership building, sexual health and substance use. 

 


 

Nationwide Resources for LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention

The Trevor Project, suicide prevention and crisis intervention for LGBTQ youth The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people under 25. If you are a young person in crisis, feeling suicidal, or in need of a safe and judgment-free place to talk, call the TrevorLifeline now at 1-866-488-7386 OR text START to 678-678. 

Trevor Space online community for LGBTQ people ages 13-24 

Trevor Support Center - resources about sexual orientation, gender identity, and more!

LGBTQ Suicide Prevention Resources 

Trans Lifeline Trans Lifeline is a grassroots, nonprofit organization lead by trans people offering direct emotional and financial support to trans people in crisis through the Hotline (877-565-8860). Trans Assistance Microgrants program provides trans and nonbinary people with funds to cover the costs of updating and correcting names and gender markers on identifying legal documents. 


 

Data Sources

Wisconsin 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Summary Report

The 2019 Wisconsin YRBS was conducted as part of a national effort by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to monitor health risk behaviors of the nation’s high school students. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has administered the YRBS to a representative sample of Wisconsin high school students every two years beginning with 1993.

Wisconsin 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Comparison Tables

The primary purpose of this document is to allow Wisconsin high schools, counties, and CESA’s with results from their participation in the 2019 Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) to compare their local results to the 2019 Wisconsin state-level results.

The Youth Risk Behavior Survey and Sexual Minority Youth in Wisconsin: 2007-2011

This report analyzes data from three consecutive YRBS samples to explore the health disparities between sexual minority youth and sexual majority youth. 

LGBTQ+ Mental Health: Insights from MHA Screening Report

LGBTQ+ Mental Health: Insights from MHA Screening explores the data from the nearly 300,000 LGBTQ individuals who took a mental health screen from 2017-2019. Through this analysis, we highlight the specific challenges faced by LGBTQ individuals, particularly youth, and provide specific policy and programmatic recommendations to ensure them necessary, appropriate and timely support.

 U.S. Transgender Survey: 2015

The 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey is the largest survey ever conducted about the lives and experiences of transgender people. The USTS fills some of the gaps in research on transgender people and the disparities they face, and should be used as a tool to guide researcher, policy makers, and advocates in their efforts to address the needs of transgender people.  

 Public Health-Madison & Dane County LGBTQ+ Profile

This health profile of the LGBTQ+ community living in the Dane County/Madison metro area summarizes the challenges, opportunities, and recommendations for improving conditions and promoting health for LGBTQ+ individuals. 

Gender Spectrum

Gender Spectrum's mission is to guide families, organizations, and institutions to better understand gender and create a more gender-inclusive world for all children and youth.

The Family Acceptance Project

The Family Acceptance Project™ is a research, intervention, education and policy initiative that works to prevent health and mental health risks for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children and youth, including suicide, homelessness and HIV – in the context of their families, cultures and faith communities. We use a research-based, culturally grounded approach to help ethnically, socially and religiously diverse families to support their LGBT children.

Two particular resources of interest can be found at: https://familyproject.sfsu.edu/publications

A Practitioner’s Resource Guide: Helping Families to Support Their LGBT Children written by Caitlin Ryan, PhD, ACSW

First practice guidelines for engaging diverse families to decrease their LGBT children’s risk for suicide, homelessness, HIV and other negative outcomes and to promote well-being, based on research and core principles from the Family Acceptance Project. Published by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, HHS

Supportive Families, Healthy Children

Key information from our research on how families can help support their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) children. These family education booklets have been designated as a “Best Practice” resource for suicide prevention for LGBT people by the national Best Practices Registry for Suicide Prevention

2015 National School Climate Survey

LGBTQ Students Experience Pervasive Harassment and Discrimination, But School-Based Supports Can Make a Difference

The GLSEN National School Climate Survey (pdf) is our flagship report on the school experiences of LGBTQ youth in schools, including the extent of the challenges that they face at school and the school-based resources that support LGBTQ students’ well-being. The survey has consistently indicated that specific school-based supports are related to a safer and more inclusive school climate, including: supportive educators, LGBT-inclusive curriculum, comprehensive anti-bullying policies, and supportive student clubs, such as Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs).

 


 

Resources for Health Care and Schools 

WPATH Standards of Care

The World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) promotes the highest standards of health care for transgender, and gender non-conforming people. These standards provide clinical guidance for health professionals to promote optimal health, psychological well-being, and self-fulfillment in these populations. 

National LGBT Health Education Center (Fenway Institute)

The National LGBT Health Education Center provides educational programs, consultations, and resources to healthcare organizations in hopes of optimizing quality, cost-effective health care for LGBT people.   

Suicide Prevention among LGBT Youth: A Workshop for Professionals Who Serve Youth  A free workshop kit to help staff in schools, youth-serving organizations, and suicide prevention programs take action to reduce suicidal behavior among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth. From the SPRC.

Preventing Suicidal Behavior among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth: Developing LGBT Cultural Competence  an agency assessment from the SPRC

Step In – Speak Up Kognito produces online, avatar based trainings in support of suicide prevention. Step In- Speak Up is professional development simulation for K-12 educators designed to help create a safe and supportive campus for LGBTQ students.