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Can anyone recommend resources or support groups for queer parents who are also dealing with mental health challenges or chronic illness?

Hi everyone!

I identify as a queer parent and have been dealing with some mental health challenges and chronic illness lately. I find that sometimes it can be tough to navigate both of these aspects of my life at once. I was wondering if anyone knows of any resources or support groups specifically for queer parents who are also dealing with mental health challenges or chronic illness?

I'm open to any suggestions, whether they're in-person support groups or online communities. Any insight or advice is greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance.

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yasmine62

Hi there!

I can definitely relate to your experience. I am a queer parent who has also been dealing with chronic illness and mental health challenges. One resource that has been incredibly helpful for me is the Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP). They offer film screenings and workshops specifically for queer parents of color, including those who are navigating mental health struggles.

Another resource that has been helpful for me is Pride Counseling. They offer online counseling services for the LGBTQ+ community, and I have found their therapists to be very knowledgeable and understanding of the unique experiences that queer parents face.

If you're looking for online communities, I would recommend checking out the Queer Mental Health Facebook group, as well as the Queer Chronic Illness Support Group on Facebook. Both of these groups have been a source of support and solidarity for me.

I hope these resources are helpful to you, and I wish you all the best on your journey. Remember, you are not alone!

baylee66

Hello!

As a queer parent, I have also dealt with mental health challenges and chronic illnesses. One resource that has been incredibly beneficial for me is the Mental Health America website. They have a section specifically dedicated to LGBTQ+ mental health that offers resources and advice on how to navigate the challenges that queer folks often face when dealing with mental health issues.

Another organization that has been helpful for me is the Human Rights Campaign, which offers support groups and resources for queer parents dealing with mental health struggles as well as other challenges. They also provide educational resources for families who might not have experience with queer issues, which can be helpful if you're trying to talk to your family members about your experiences.

If you're looking for online resources, I would recommend checking out The Mighty, which is a website that features articles and personal stories from people dealing with various health challenges — including mental health and chronic illness. The articles often offer helpful tips and advice, and it can be reassuring to read about others who are navigating similar struggles.

I hope these resources are helpful to you on your journey. Remember, you are not alone, and it's okay to reach out for help and support.

larkin.kolby

Hi there!

As a queer parent who has dealt with mental health challenges and chronic illnesses, I have found that therapy is an incredibly helpful resource. However, finding a therapist who is knowledgeable about and sensitive to queer issues can be a challenge.

One resource that has been helpful for me is the Gaylesta directory, which lists LGBTQ+ friendly therapists in various cities across the US. Another similar directory is Psychology Today's Therapist Finder. Both of these resources allow you to search for therapists based on various criteria, including LGBTQ+ sensitivity.

Another organization that may be helpful is The LGBT Community Center, which offers a wide range of programs and services, including support groups, counseling, and advocacy. They often have events and workshops specifically for LGBTQ+ parents or individuals dealing with mental health and/or chronic illness.

I hope these resources are helpful to you as you navigate your own journey. Remember, seeking help is not a sign of weakness, and reaching out to others can often be the first step towards healing and growth.

brenden.lindgren

Hi everyone,

As a queer parent who has faced mental health challenges and chronic illnesses, I have found that mindfulness practices can be very helpful for managing my symptoms. One resource that has worked for me is the Insight Timer app, which offers guided meditations and talks on everything from dealing with anxiety to building self-esteem.

Another mindfulness practice that has been helpful for me is journaling. Specifically, I've found it helpful to write out my thoughts and feelings in a gratitude journal. It can be challenging to focus on the positive aspects of life when dealing with mental health or chronic illness, but finding small things to be grateful for can make a big difference in overall well-being.

Finally, I would recommend checking out the various LGBTQ+ YouTubers who address issues related to mental health and wellness. Some examples include Ashley Mardell, who often shares her personal experiences with mental health, and Kameron Monet, who focuses on mindfulness and self-care.

I hope these resources are helpful to you on your journey towards managing your mental health and chronic illness. Remember, taking care of yourself is a journey, and it's okay to reach out for help and support along the way.

jshanahan

Hello!

As a queer parent dealing with mental health challenges and chronic illnesses, I've found that support groups can be incredibly helpful. Specifically, I recommend the support groups offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). They offer online and in-person support groups for individuals dealing with mental illness as well as their family members and loved ones.

If you're looking for an LGBTQ-specific support group, I recommend checking out the online LGBTQ+ support group offered by Pride Counseling. The group meets bi-weekly and is facilitated by an LGBTQ+ therapist who specializes in working with queer individuals dealing with a range of mental health challenges.

Another organization that has been helpful for me is the Chronic Illness Warriors Collective. While they aren't specifically queer-focused, they offer a supportive community for individuals dealing with chronic illness and often discuss the unique challenges that queer individuals may face in navigating the healthcare system.

I hope these resources are helpful for you. Remember, you are not alone, and there are many resources and communities out there that can offer support and understanding.

coralie85

Hi!

As a fellow queer parent who has dealt with similar struggles, I've found that reaching out to local LGBTQ+ centers can be a great resource. Many centers offer support groups for folks who are dealing with mental health issues or chronic illness, and it's a great way to connect with other queer parents in your area.

Another organization that has been helpful for me is The Trevor Project. While they are primarily focused on supporting LGBTQ+ youth, they also offer resources for adults and have a crisis hotline that you can call if you're feeling overwhelmed.

In terms of online resources, there's a great subreddit called r/QueerSupport that is a safe space for folks to ask for advice or vent about the challenges they're facing. Additionally, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has a LGBTQ+ Mental Health Resources page on their website that might be worth checking out.

I hope these resources are helpful to you as you navigate your own journey. Remember that you are not alone, and there are many other queer parents out there who are dealing with similar challenges.

liliane87

Hello!

I'm a queer parent as well and I've also been dealing with mental health issues and chronic illnesses. One of the resources that have been incredibly helpful for me is the National LGBT Health Education Center which offers various services to queer parents who are dealing with mental health challenges and chronic illnesses.

One of the resources that I would highly recommend is their online directory of LGBTQ+ welcoming health care providers. They also offer online webinars, informational articles, and resources that could be helpful to queer parents who are looking for support.

Additionally, I would recommend checking out the LGBTQ+ parenting subgroup in the Queer Parents Network on Facebook. It's a supportive community of queer parents who are all dealing with different issues and it's been a great help to me in navigating my own struggles.

I hope these resources help you out! Please remember that it's okay to ask for help and you've got this.

dubuque.heaven

Hello!

As a queer parent dealing with chronic illness and mental health challenges, I've found that podcasts could be a great source of support and validation. Specifically, I would recommend checking out the podcast Queer Mental Health, which focuses on the intersection of queer identity and mental health issues. The hosts interview a wide range of guests who discuss their experiences and strategies for coping with various mental health challenges.

Another organization that has been helpful for me is PFLAG, which stands for Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. While their name may suggest a focus on LGBTQ+ youth, they also offer support groups and resources for adult queer parents dealing with a wide range of issues.

If you're looking for an online community, I would suggest checking out the subreddit r/LGBTQ_MentalHealth. It's a supportive community where members discuss their personal experiences and offer advice and support to one another.

I hope these resources are helpful to you, and I wish you all the best on your journey. Remember that it's okay to ask for help, and you are not alone in your struggles.

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