updated June 2022
Peer Support Groups
Try these free mental health focused peer support groups. Peer support groups can be a great way to get free support from other people with a similar experience, without long waits. All groups listed below are facilitated by and for members of the LGBT+ community who have personal experience with the mental health system, with trauma, or with getting support themselves. Contact Compass for more support options.
QTBIPOC (Queer and Trans Black, Indigenous, People of Color ) Support Space
Mondays at 5 pm
Fireweed Collective Support Groups are unstructured spaces where folks can connect to, and offer mutual aid with others who share similar life experiences and struggles. Groups run for a month. They meet once a week online for one hour.
hosted by the Fireweed Collective
learn more: https://fireweedcollective.org/support-groups/
WeConnect meetings for members of the LGBT+ community
Mondays at 7 pm
Wednesdays at 11 am
A support group for anyone who is dealing with substance use, mental health concerns, disordered eating, and any other quality of life concerns. All who identify as members of the LGBT+ community are welcome.
learn more: https://www.weconnectrecovery.com/free-online-support-meetings
Lesbian and Bi Discussion Group
3rd Friday of the month at 6 pm
Inclusive group for those attracted to women. This is a bi, trans, and non-binary inclusive group.
hosted by the hosted by the Cambridge Women’s Center
learn more: https://www.cambridgewomenscenter.org/monthly-calendar
LGBT+ Affinity Group
Tuesdays at 3 pm
This is an affinity group for anyone on the LGBT+ spectrum and anyone questioning their identity or orientation.
hosted by the Metro Boston Recovery learning Community
learn more: https://www.mbrlc.org/hopeonline
Saturdays at 11 am
An LGBTQ+ specific group, where we can receive and give peer support to other members of our community, in a space dedicated to us.
hosted by the Kiva Center
learn more: https://kivagroups.carrd.co/#weekend
Sundays at 6 pm
An inclusive and powerful meeting for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ+
hosted by the Southeast Recovery learning Community
learn more: https://www.southeastrlc.org/fall-river
LGBTQIA+ Support Group
Thursdays at 5:30 pm
Come join other LGBTQQIA+ folks to talk about extreme states, gender, sexuality, trauma, community and life in general. This group is based in peer-to-peer support, so whether or not you’ve been given a psychiatric label (or any other label not of your choosing) we can have conversations, not based in clinical language, that support each other to speak from our own language and tap into our own wisdom.
hosted by the Wildflower Alliance
learn more: https://wildfloweralliance.org/online-support-groups/
Mental Health Zines
Check out these quick reads from folks in the about mental health LGBT+ community.
Gulp – a zine telling the stories of LGBTQIA+ people with eating disorders
Gulp is a zine showcasing the unheard stories – through art, poetry and writing – of LGBTQIA+ people with eating disorders or complex relationships with food and/or their bodies. Read it here: https://s30454.pcdn.co/wp-content/uploads/Gulp-a-zine-telling-the-stories-o-LGBTQIA-people-with-eating-disorders-pdf.pdf.
keep going: a pocket-sized pep talk for when things are hard
“keep going: a pocket-sized pep talk for hard days” is an adorable + rainbow mini-zine. it’s a pep talk you can carry around in your pocket for difficult mental health days! Find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/985328652/.
friendships as resistance: creating communities of care – a zine about queer friendships and mental health
A super cute, full-color, print, mini-zine about friendships as resistance, queer & trans friendships, community care, & more! Find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/861399890/friendships-as-resistance-creating.
I’m Still Here
A mental comp zine about self care for though times. Contains short essays (typed or handwritten) about therapy, our love for pop culture, self care tips, embracing your feelings, self love and other self care tips. It was a big labor of love and I hope it will bring you some comfort during these troubled times. Find it here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1030908984/mental-health-comp-zine-self-care.
Resources for Finding a Therapist
A therapist is someone you can talk to about what you’re experiencing and get support. Finding a therapist that meets your needs can be hard.
These websites can help you find a therapist that works for you.