Got the blues? Need someone to talk to? Assistance is available to help get the LGBT community out of the muck. One does not have to be isolated, overwhelmed, fearful or any of a number of feelings one might have when confronted with life’s challenges. It’s normal to feel stress and anxiety sometimes, but it should not be a normal way of life.

Help is near. Contact one of the following resources to make life more enjoyable and livable.


Time Out Youth Center
Charlotte, N.C.
Time Out Youth Center offers support, advocacy and opportunities for personal development and social interaction to LGBTQ youth ages 11-20. It offers vital programs, fosters unconditional acceptance and creates safe spaces for self-expression through leadership, community support and advocacy.

OUTright Youth of Catawba Valley
Hickory, N.C.
OUTright Youth provides a youth-centered, safe environment for LGBTQ youth ages 12-23 and their allies to come together, receive unconditional support and make friends who understand who they are as they struggle with sexual orientation, gender identity and other issues.

Youth OUTright
Asheville, N.C.
Youth OUTright empowers LGBTQ youth, ages 14-23 in 18 counties in Western North Carolina, to be confident and vital members of the community in which youth of all gender and sexual identities can live in safe and inclusive environments.

iNSIDEoUT and upsidedown
Durham, N.C.
Both groups offer LGBTQ youth, ages 13-19 (iNSIDEoUT) and 12 and under (upsidedown) with a space to be themselves and to gain confidence, support and camaraderie, in addition to offering guidance on starting Gay-Straight Alliances in local schools.


Gay Asheville NC
Resource listings for local providers.

LGBTQ Center of Durham
Resource list of Triangle mental healthcare professionals who are LGBT-affirming in their practices.

LGBT Center of Raleigh
Resource list of Triangle mental healthcare professionals who are LGBT-affirming in their practices.

North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition
Harm reduction resources, including free overdose prevention training/naloxone access.


Gays and Lesbians in Alcoholics Anonymous
Database for finding meetings locally.

GLBT National Help Center
Provides free and confidential peer support.

It Gets Better Project
Inspires LGBT youth with the changes needed to make it better for them.

National Alliance on Mental Illness
Resources for locating a mental health provider and other resources.

Safe Schools Coalition
Resources for LGBTQ youth.

The Trevor Project
Suicide prevention and support provided 24/7 via Trevor Lifeline.

Resources were compiled by qnotes staff. Research into finding community resources was only as good as what was available online and from other sources. Should readers find errors and wish to send corrections to the list or want to have a mental health agency listed, email qnotes with “mental health” in the subject line to qnotes wants to make these listings as accurate as possible to maintain integrity of the information provided.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.