Guide to LGBTQ+ Health + Wellness Resources in San Diego

From mental health support to healthcare services, San Diego offers a range of resources that promote the overall well-being of its LGBTQ+ residents. Read on to explore essential LGBTQ+ wellness resources available in San Diego, ensuring that individuals and families can access the care they need.

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The San Diego LGBT Community Center

A cornerstone of the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego, The San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest is a haven for individuals seeking support, education, and empowerment. The Center offers a variety of wellness programs, including mental health counseling, support groups, substance abuse recovery programs, and HIV testing. Additionally, they provide legal services, employment assistance, and resources for youth, seniors, and transgender individuals, creating a safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

LGBT-affirming Healthcare Providers

Finding healthcare providers who are knowledgeable and sensitive to the unique healthcare needs of the LGBTQ+ community is crucial. San Diego boasts a diverse range of LGBT-affirming healthcare providers. Organizations like San Diego County Health, Family Health Centers of San Diego and UC San Diego Health provide specialized services including primary care, sexual health, hormone therapy, and gender-affirming surgeries. These providers prioritize inclusive care and promote a comfortable and welcoming environment for all patients.

Mental Health Support

Mental health is an integral part of overall wellness, and the LGBTQ+ community often faces unique challenges. San Diego offers numerous mental health resources tailored to LGBTQ+ individuals. Organizations like Being Alive and NAMI San Diego provide counseling, support groups, and crisis intervention services. Online therapy resources are also available to support members of the LGBTQ+ community.

LGBTQ+ Youth Support

Supporting LGBTQ+ youth is crucial in fostering a healthy and resilient community. San Diego offers valuable resources such as The Center's Hillcrest Youth Center and South Bay Youth Center, both of which provide a safe space for LGBTQ+ youth, counseling services, mentorship programs, and recreational activities. The North County LGBT Resource Center is home to Project Youth, a dedicated support group + program for youth ages 9-25.

San Diego Youth Services offers support and shelter for transgender and gender-nonconforming youth, ensuring their safety and well-being. 

TransFamily Support Services guides transgender/non-binary youth and their families through the gender transitioning process by providing family coaching, assistance with healthcare and insurance issues, help navigating the legal system, and support at schools. All services are provided at no fee.

The Trevor Project, a national organization, also offers a 24/7 helpline specifically for LGBTQ+ youth in crisis, providing a lifeline for those who need immediate support.

LGBTQIA+ Survivor Support

It is unfortunate and common for the members of the LGBTQIA+ community to experience a lack of services and care for survivors that are not cisgender, heterosexual women. These organizations are committed to helping to bridge the gaps in services and barriers to care faced by LGBTQIA+ survivors of sexual and relationship violence.

  • The LGBTQIA Survivor Task Force, a program under San Diego Pride, is a unique collaborative effort of community organizations in San Diego.
  • Center for Community Solutions, is a San Diego-based nonprofit organization dedicated to ending relationship and sexual violence. Since 1969, CCS has been providing trauma-informed, wrap-around services to empower survivors as they heal and recover from trauma. CCS' free services include a 24/7 confidential crisis hotline, four domestic violence shelters, counseling, legal services, safety planning, prevention education and more.
  • Lifeline Community Services is a community-based human services organization that serves low-income and underserved populations in San Diego County. Every year Lifeline serves more than 5,000 members of our community through clinically-strong and evidence-based programs that focus on positive youth development, child abuse prevention and domestic violence intervention, housing and self-sufficiency, behavioral health, and human trafficking victim and survivor services.
  • Palomar Forensic Health Services has recognized the need to partner with the community to help those who have been victims of violent crimes. The Forensic Health Services Department, consists of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) and the Child Advocacy Center (CAC). This Department is located in San Marcos at One Safe Place Family Justice Center. Palomar Medical Center Poway hosts a second SART location.
  • San Diego City Attorney's Office - A member of the Survivor Task Force, City Attorney Mara W. Elliott serves as chief legal advisor to the Mayor, City Council, and all City departments, and as the City's prosecutor. Their office has programs to assist victims of domestic violence, trafficking, and hate crimes, just to name a few.

Community Organizations and Events

San Diego's LGBTQ+ community thrives on its rich tapestry of community organizations and events. PFLAG San Diego, a national organization with a local chapter, offers support for families, friends, and allies of LGBTQ+ individuals. 

San Diego Pride, an annual celebration, features a parade, festival, and a range of events promoting visibility, equality, and pride. 

There are also several groups focused on promoting inclusion and diversity, including: 

The North County LGBT Resource Center, located in Oceanside, provides essential programs, services and events for the North County LGBTQ+ community.

These community organizations and events provide a sense of belonging and empowerment, fostering social connections and promoting overall wellness.

Find a Resource That Meets Your Needs

From inclusive healthcare providers to mental health support services, many organizations in San Diego are dedicated to empowering and promoting the health and happiness of its LGBTQ+ residents. By accessing these vital resources, individuals can find the support they need, thrive in their identities, and contribute to the vibrant fabric of the LGBTQ+ community in San Diego.

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DISCLAIMER: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not, nor is it intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem without consulting a qualified healthcare provider.

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