love is louder project

anonymous asked:

That suicide chatline is affiliated with a homophobic organization. A better alternative is the Lifeline Crisis Chat. I'm pretty sure, at least.

Hm I googled it and found a bunch of posts that said that’s true. I reblogged one and then noticed that one comment on it said, “Myself and another board member for Hopeline, the parent of IMAlive, identify as gay, and we have never had a homophobic interaction, ever, with TWLOHA. I assure you that IMAlive is a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, otherwise I wouldn’t be on it’s BOD.”

I was like… ??? so I looked deeper. TWLOHA is short for the org “To Write Love On Her Arms”; I googled “to write love on her arms homophobic” and found this from the queer blog PunkOut:

“The anti-gay rumors stem from the fact that in its very early days, TWLOHA supported Mercy Ministries, an organization that seemed very much in line with their ideals. However, once a Mercy survivor reached out to TWLOHA and shared her story of the mistreatment she endured at Mercy Ministries, TWLOHA immediately pulled their funding and retracted any affiliation with them.” 

They also link to this tumblr post that talks about how TWLOHA’s Find Help Section includes “The Trevor Project, The Jed Foundation (Love is Louder came from Jed). They actively have supported the LGBT community. They openly state they are not a Christian Organization (twloha.com/faq).” 

So it looks like it is all a misunderstanding from their early says thank goodness. 

While I was at it I figured I’d google “lifeline crisis chat homophobic” and I didn’t find anything negative about it either, yay :D  

I did find a good list of various texting options from Reddit, which I’ll quote here cause more resources is good, and because the way they explain how to use a crisis chat is very useful. they also have some international phone numbers if you click through to the original Reddit post: 

“please remember that crisis does not just mean suicide - if you’re having a hard time with your anxiety, depression, personal issues, self harm, family issues, you name it - if it’s pulling at your chest and you’re in emotional pain that is cause enough call/text reach out. Your issues are not minimal they are YOUR issues and trust me when I say the person on the other end wants to help and is there for you. I have multiple versions of this list but this one is broken into region, and I’m not even finished with it I have but here it goes (I hope this copies over ok)

“Suicide/Crisis Hotlines Phone/Web

USA

“Crisis Text Line | Text “START” to 741-741
Text option 24/7 crisis support by trained crisis intervention people (staff & volunteers)

“Common Ground | Call: 800 231 1127 | Web Chat 
“Mental health services for youth offering phone & web crisis lines - help with suicide, bullying, depression, anxiety, and other issues. Hours: M-F 4pm-10pm EST

“Lifeline Crisis Chat | Online Crisis Chat
“Hours: 2pm to 2am EST 7 days a week

“Suicide Prevention & Crisis Line | Call: 800 273 TALK | Online Option**
“Hours: M-F 6pm to 9pm EST

“Iowa Crisis Support | 24/7 Crisis Line: 319 351 0140 OR 855 325 4296 | Crisis Chat | Youth Crisis Chat
“Chat services in both English and Mandarin. Crisis chat hours: English: 2pm - 2am EST Everyday | Mandarin: M-F 8pm to 10pm EST

Australia

“Lifeline: 24/7 Hotline: 13 11 14 | Live Crisis Chat

Canada

“Crisis Support Centre | 24/7 Distress Line 780-482-HELP (4357) | Rural Distress Line: 1-800-232-7288 | Live Crisis Chat

“Distress Centre | 24/7 Hotline: (403)266-HELP | IM Chat for adults |Connecteen for teens

“Kid’s Help Phone | 1-800-668-6868 (English Version)
A Canadian site for youth up to age 20, offering crisis counselling via phone hotline, or IM Chat

“Manitoba Support Services | Toll-Free Stress Line: 1-866-367-3276 | Online Chat
“Telephone & Online counseling for Farmers, Rural and Northern Manitobians.

“Tel-Jeunes | Tel: 1-800-263-2266 | Text: 514-600-1002
“French-Canadian phone hotline, text hotline, and online chat as well as forums for youth (18 and under)

“United Kingdom

“The CALM Zone | Nationwide: 0800 58 58 58 | London: 0808 802 58 58 | Web Chat London based crisis site for men in the UK - crisis support is 5pm-midnight 265 days a year.

“Childline | Call: 0800 1111 | Online Chat A 24/7 helpline for children and youth who live in the UK. Includes a phone hotline, message boards, email, and web chat services. Also features an “Explore” area with mental health info, and a “Play” section with games.

“Get Connected | Phone: 0808 808 4994 | Web Chat UK based crisis services offering phone, email, text, and live chat for 25 years and younger.

“Leeds Nightline | Listening Service: 0113 380 1281 | Information Service: 0113 380 1380 Web Chat
“A peer support service run by and for Leeds students, during term time in the UK. Offers a phone hotline and IM chat. Hours: 8pm to midnight GMT currently closed for summer to open back in a month or so

“Leeds Survivor Led Crisis Services | Helpline: 0808 800 1212 |Chat Line Crisis respite home & help line with live chat available. Hours: IM available 6pm - 1:30pm BST

“Strathclyde & Caledonia Nightline | Phone: 0141 55 22 555 | Chat Service
Confidential phone & online hotline/info service run by trained students of the Glasgow Caedonian & Strathclyde Universities. Hours: 7pm-7am M-F GMT

India

“Maithri | + 0484 2540530
“Operates in Kochi in the state of Kerala, south-west India offering crisis support via phone, letter, and face to face contact.

“Lifeline Foundation | Helpline: 24637401 / 7432
“Lifeline India has email & phone support for people around Kolkata.”

(and of course there are a ton of international suicide hotline masterposts floating around Tumblr for people who can talk on the phone)