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Health and Wellness: Toll-Free Helpline



Feel like you’re the only one? Affirmations Helpline provides peer counseling, empathy and community resources for the LGBT community at 1-800-398-GAYS. All Helpline volunteers participate in a comprehensive training on LGBT concerns, including coming out, gender identity, intimate partner violence, suicide prevention, and much more. See how to get involved with Affirmations' Helpline for someone who needs support.

Offered Monday-Saturday from 3:00pm-9:00pm.

Transgender Helpline
A representative from Transgender Michigan is available to answer trans-specific questions on our Helpline. Offered every Thursday from 6:30pm-9:00pm.

Older Adult and Seniors Helpline
A representative from the Older Adult and Senior LGBT community is available to answer questions and offer information about issues important to the Older Adult and Senior community. Offered every Tuesday and Friday from 4:00pm-7:00pm

The Bully Button Initiative
Affirmations and the Community Centers Network are working to help educate and empower young people and parents on how to best handle and stop instances of bullying.  

The bully button will allow parents and young people to report incidents of bullying as they happen.

Affirmations' trained helpline staff serve as advocates for youth, families and the school system by utilizing existing partnerships and collaborations and providing resources to educate and empower school faculty and staff.

Community Resources

Legal Referral Services
Free legal referrals and representation for Affirmations members and allies. Email: LegalReferrals@GoAffirmations.org. For more information, contact the Director of Programs, Johnny Jenkins at (248) 398-7105.

Employee Resource Groups

Ford Globe
Meeting for the LGBT employees of Ford. Meets the third Wednesday of every other month (February, April, June, August, October) from 7:00pm-9:00pm.

GM Plus (People Like Us)
Employee Resource Group for LGBT General Motors. For more information, contact Kevin Luedtke, Communications Officer, GM Plus at Plus kevin.luedtke@gm.com.

MERGE Network
Networking meeting for members of LGBT employee resource groups. Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-7:00pm.

Gay & Lesbian Alliance (GALA) at Chrysler
LGBT Employee Resource Group for Chrysler employees, contractors, retirees and their Allies. For more information, contact the GALA organization by sending an email toGALA@chrysler.com

Trainings We Offer

For fees and scheduling information, or to request a speaker, contact Jon Fitzgerald, Director of Operations at (248) 398-7105.

Facilitator Development Training

Trains individuals to facilitate groups at Affirmations. Cost is $25 for members; $35 for non-members.

Helpline Training

Trains individuals to provide confidential peer counseling for callers who are LGBT or questioning. Cost is $25 for members; $35 for non-members.

 

Affirmations' toll-free helpline is funded by The Jewish Fund and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan HOPE Fund


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