Resources for LGBTQI community during COVID
This heightened invisibility, erasure, violence and the resultant distress faced by many, has led to a high need for mental health services. Many lists, resources and helplines are being advertised. However, it is important to ensure that mental health practice does no harm. One of the ways to look at creating a list of Queer Affirmative Practitioners is to ascertain whether an individual has been trained by or verified by LGBTQI persons. Another way is to validate individual practitioners so we are listing details of practitioners who have completed the MHI- Queer Affirmative Counselling Practice Course.
Also, as a political stance, it is important to centre the decades of care work, activism and advocacy by trans and queer activists and collectives. In this time of isolation, we firmly believe that community or peer support is critical and necessary. Thus, we are listing Queer community resources with whom we have completed peer support practice training as well as additional resources that LGBTQIA+ persons may reach out to.
Neither of the lists are exhaustive, but we will continue to try and add more resources.
Lists of Practitioners
- List of Queer Affirmative Mental Health Practitioners
- List of LGBTQI Collectives
- Varta List of Community-vetted Health and Legal Professionals
- Video: Shruti Chakravarty, MHI Chief Advisor on queer-trans specific concerns during the pandemic and lockdown
- Video: Pooja Nair, QACP Faculty, shares her insights on queer-trans specific concerns during the pandemic and lockdown
- Video: Pooja Nair, Bombay-based MHP, on managing financial stress and coping with anxiety during the pandemic
- Video: Gauri Shringarpure, QACP Faculty & Bombay-based MHP, answers covid specific concerns for queer trans folk
- Video: Gauri Shringarpure, QACP Faculty & Bombay based MHP on substance use concerns for queer trans folx
- Zubaan Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Iub0oSV-JY
Orinam List of Groups and Resources
- Orinam has peer supporters facilitate a monthly confidential peer support group in Chennai, and an online version every two weeks during the lockdown. For more information, write firstname.lastname@example.org
- A list of queer-friendly healthcare providers including mental health professionals recommended by community members, at http://orinam.net/resources-for/lgbt/health-and-wellness/providers/
- Crisis-support resources including community and professionals - Tamil Nadu centric
- http://orinam.net/crisis-support has some overlap with the HCP list but also includes other referrals such as shelters.
- Mental health resources on Orinam's blog http://orinam.net/tag/mental-health/.
- Resources for parents and friends of LGBTIQA persons including personal narratives are at http://orinam.net/resources-for/friends-and-family/