The horrific events that took place in Orlando on Sunday morning sent shockwaves through our nation and the LGBTQ+ community. Forty-nine lives were taken and 53 people were left injured. Familiar feelings of fear, anger, and helplessness returned, leaving many individuals who have struggled with previous trauma to have those emotions triggered by news of this horrific event.

Today, at 2 p.m., we held a vigil, and encouraged everyone to share thoughts and feelings. Guests shared feelings of sadness, anger, fear, loss and incredibly – hope and gratitude for their journey to self-realization and sobriety.

PRIDE’s unique environment allows us to grow and heal within our own community to address issues of internalized homo-, trans- and bi-negativity.

We don’t have to explain anything to anyone – everyone here “gets it.” Through this specialized lens, we are able to build self-empowerment by encouraging problem solving and developing realistic plans. We also encourage positive view of self and confidence by verbalizing affirmations and goals daily. This results in a community resilience, which helps to manage strong feelings and impulses by providing time to process feelings, thoughts, and actions.

As we mourn with the rest of the nation and world over this weekend’s tragic events, we take time to look each other in the eyes and acknowledge how grateful we are to be alive. Now, more than ever, we have a responsibility to move forward on behalf of our fallen family by carrying forward their light within our own hearts and souls.

If you or anyone you know should want to help, today is World Donor Day. While restrictions still impact everyone’s ability to donate blood, we encourage those able to make a difference. Additionally, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has enabled their Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.

National resources for LGBT community members – find listings of local LGBT community centers, check their websites for vigils and mental health services — find listings of local LGBT friendly providers — find listings of trans friendly health providers — therapist listings nationally — social worker listings nationally – trans specific support services — LGBTQ youth specific support
741-741 – text START to the crisis text line for text support – exclusive LGBTQ+ substance abuse + co-occurring mental health treatment center

Victims’ fund

For other ways to help — Additional response resources

Resources for welcoming providers — free LGBT-welcoming signs for provider waiting rooms & cultural competency trainings — cultural competency materials for providers — cultural competency training for providers — cultural competency training for providers

For 30 years, PRIDE Institute has exclusively helped the LGBTQ population through substance abuse and mental health treatment programs grounded in traditions of recovery while incorporating current, evidence-based practices.

PRIDE takes a holistic approach in serving the LGBTQ population, offering Dual Diagnosis licensure and 24-hour nursing care in a serene, retreat-like setting with a nationally recognized clinical staff, offering trauma-informed care specializing in Crystal Meth and Sexual Compulsivity programming, with specialty groups such as Body Image, a Sexual Health program, HIV/AIDS Programming, a 3 day Family immersive weekend and PRIDE Sober Support Program.

Specializing in the treatment of substance abuse, sexual health, mental health issues and their manifestations within LGBTQ clients, our treatment program is preferable to “one-size-fits-all” mainstream programs that do not understand or address issues specific to LGBTQ individuals.

At PRIDE Institute, members of the LGBT community are affirmed and celebrated.

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