Mental Health Resources
If you are concerned for the immediate safety of yourself and/or others, call 911. The Counseling Center also maintains 24/7 crisis access. Students can call during business hours and request to be transferred to the crisis counselor, or when the center is closed, can call 912-478-5541 and select option 2 from the voicemail menu. After-hours crisis services can also be used by campus partners needing a consultation about a student of concern.
How do I know what mental health services are right for me?
Not all LGBTQ+ individuals are in need of individual counseling or mental health services. Some might need mental health services due to an issue associated with their LGBTQ+ identity while some might seek services for issues completely unrelated. Regardless of your issue, concern, or problem, you are welcome at the Georgia Southern Counseling Center. We have affirming and supportive staff who can assist you in your presenting concerns.
Information about counseling services
- Students who are questioning their gender identity and/or sexuality may wish to gain clarity by talking to a counselor about their experiences, feelings, concerns, values and/or beliefs. Counselors will never push or force you to disclose or reveal any part of your gender identity and/or sexuality.
- Students who were out as lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, trans*, and/or gender non-binary to their friends or classmates in high school may face new coming out concerns as they make decisions about disclosing their identity to a new set of classmates, roommates and professors in college. Our staff will work with you to help adjust to the new college environment.
- Other students may be newly coming out or may be considering coming out to their families for the first time. Counselors can assist students in developing healthy attitudes toward themselves as LGBTQ+ individuals. Counselors can also assist students to prepare for and during the process of coming out to others.
- Transgender, trans*, gender non-binary students may seek counseling to cope with issues around gender transition, to explore or clarify their gender identity or to cope with gender-related bias.
- LGBTQ+ students might seek services to more effectively cope with discrimination in the social environment and the negative internal feelings that might happen as result such as internalized homophobia or internalized transphobia.
- Last but not least…. LGBTQ+ students might seek counseling for concerns that are unrelated to their gender identity and/or sexuality. LGBTQ+ students might seek services to address romantic relationships, depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, stress, and academic concerns.
Services at Georgia Southern University
- Individual counseling is available at the Counseling Center to those students enrolled at Georgia Southern University. Individual counseling involves meeting one-on-one with a counselor for approximately 45 to 50 minutes. Not sure who you want to meet with? Feel free to check out our staff biographies, inquire during your intake appointment, or call and ask who might be a good fit.
- The Georgia Southern University Psychology Clinic is a low-cost organization which provides mental health services to the Statesboro area.
- The Counseling Center typically offers the Rainbow Connection every fall and spring semester. This is a therapy group for Georgia Southern students who identify as LGBTQ+. The benefits of group therapy include hearing perspectives of others who share similar circumstances and challenges. It is also a safe space where students can interact with others and talk openly about their concerns.
- In partnership with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department, the LGBTQ+ Campus Forum is a venue for students to connect and discuss experiences as gender and sexual minority students at Georgia Southern University. This supportive space is to discuss relevant issues and to share information and skills to navigate these lived experiences. This one-hour, drop-in weekly meeting requires no registration and is hosted over Zoom.
- Need a brief appointment to talk about an issue? Call the Counseling Center to set up a Solution Session. These same-day appointments are brief, solution-focused meetings to assist with reducing distress and creating a plan for moving forward.
- The First City Pride Center in Savannah offers support groups and mental health services
- PFLAG Atlanta maintains a list of mental health providers who work with LGBTQ+ folks
- The Trevor Project maintains a 24/7 lifeline at 1-866-488-7386. Online chat and texting options are also available; more information is on their website here.
- The Trans Lifeline is a peer support phone service available 24 hours a day by calling 1-877-565-8860
- The National Queer and Trans Therapists of Color Network has information on their website about mental health resources for QTPoC folx
- The SAGE LGBT Elder Hotline helps connect older members of the LGBTQ+ community with confidential support and crisis response 24/7. The free hotline is available at 1-877-360-5428.
- The text-based THRIVE Lifeline is for anyone in a STEM field experiencing a mental health crisis needing to chat with a qualified LGBTQIA+ crisis responder. Text “oSTEM” to 1-313-662-8209
Last updated: 2/14/2024