Brite Line is Edmonton’s first mental health and wellness helpline dedicated to supporting people in Edmonton’s 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Created by members of the community for the community, Brite Line is a safe place to call to connect with hope, courage, support, understanding and the freedom to be who you are.
Phone: 1-844-70-BRITE (27483)
Mental Health is your general sense of emotional, psychological, and cognitive wellbeing (more info here). Everyone has mental health, but it can look different based on cultural factors and social group identities like sexual and gender identity. Focusing on LGBTQ+ mental health allows us to consider some of these unique experiences.
It’s important to stress that difficulties related to identifying as a sexual minoritized or gender diverse individual can be challenging not because of these identities themselves, but because of the broader societal fabric that creates a difficult environment to thrive in. Individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are often affected by the daily realities of heterosexism, cisgenderism, homophobia, transphobia, cisnormativity, and heteronormativity. Many also experience racism, classism, ableism, sexism, and/or xenophobia. These each can create experiences of discrimination-based rejection, which impact self-esteem, mood, career, relationships, and of course, mental health. Despite these systemic- level challenges, there are countless examples of thriving within and because of LGBTQ+ communities.
Access the full roadmap document here.
The Pride Centre of Edmonton enriches and improves the lives of 2SLGBTQIA+ people, their allies, and the broader community in the Greater Edmonton area with a variety of programs and services. We maintain a safe space that welcomes everyone who enters through our doors.
Phone: (780) 488-3234
Email (response times may vary): firstname.lastname@example.org
Public, drop-in hours: Tuesday 2pm – 7pm, Thursday 5pm- 7pm
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Closed
Saturday & Sunday: Closed
Our phone lines are monitored from 12 -6:45 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, only.
The Rainbow Pages is a resource guide developed by The Family Centre of Northern Alberta to provide Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer+ (LGBTQ+) youth and the youth-serving community with a consolidated guide of supports available in Edmonton.
Access the full resource guide here.
Pflag Canada is proud to be Canada’s only national organization that offers peer-to-peer support striving to help all Canadians with issues of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. We support, educate and provide resources to anyone with questions or concerns. We promise to offer local, practical, and emotional peer-to-peer family support for individuals and their loved ones challenged by gender/sexual identity.