GLBT National Help Center announces a new outreach effort

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The GLBT National Help Center recently announced the launch of its newest program: One-on-One Online Private Peer-Support Chat. This initiative enables visitors to the website to chat privately with a trained volunteer. According to Brad Becker, executive director, “This provides a new way for people to “talk” with our volunteers, if they are too nervous to call our toll-free hotlines, or don’t have the privacy for a telephone conversation. 

We are also able to chat with people online in a way that may be their most comfortable form of communication. This is especially true for the many young people who reach out to us for our help every day.”

For almost 15 years, the GLBT National Help Center, a not-for-profit organization, has been providing free peer counseling, information and local resources to hundreds of callers each week, from all across the country, who are often isolated from friends and family, facing discrimination, and needing to speak about the difficult and emotional issues they are facing.

In addition to the new chat program, the organization staffs two national hotlines. One is for youth up to age 25, called the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender (GLBT) National Youth Talkline; its toll-free hot line number is (800) 246-PRIDE (7743).

The second hotline is for people of any age, both youth and adults, and is called the GLBT National Hotline. Its toll-free number is (888) THE-GLNH (843-4564). Calls on both hotlines are answered Monday through Friday, from 4 p.m. to midnight and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. EST.

The new chat service is online at www.GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org/chat. More information on the GLBT National Help Center and all of its programs can be obtained by visiting www.GLBTNationalHelpCenter.org or by calling the office at (415) 355-0003. 

 

GLBT Helpline teen

The GLBT National Help Center recently announced the launch of its newest program: One-on-One Online Private Peer-Support Chat. This initiative enables visitors to the website to chat privately with a trained volunteer. According to Brad Becker, executive director, “This provides a new way for people to “talk” with our volunteers, if they are too nervous to call our toll-free hotlines, or don’t have the privacy for a telephone conversation.