Want an empathetic, non-judgmental listening ear? Call the St. Louis Queer+ Support Helpline (SQSH) to chat with a trained LGBTQIA-affirming peer.
SQSH offers free, confidential, and identity-affirming emotional support and resource referrals, by and for the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community. Call anytime between Friday to Monday, 1:00 to 7:00 PM. Our peer support Helpline Volunteers would love to chat with you.
Helpline Volunteers provide confidential and identity-affirming emotional support and resource referrals, taking 3.5-hour shifts weekly between Fridays-Mondays, 1:00PM-7:00PM. Applicants for the Fall Training Class must be available on Saturdays 12:30-5:30PM from September 26, 2020 to Dec. 19, 2020 for the 48-hour peer counselor training. Applicants will go through two interview rounds and must be at least 18 years old before starting to take shifts. Read about the Helpline Training Curriculum.
Applications for the Fall Training Class close on August 28 and recur twice every year.
Have you ever thought about calling SQSH, but hesitated because it’s hard to pick up the phone?
We understand how intimidating it can be to access a service, especially for those of us with phone anxiety. To increase the accessibility of our service, SQSH is launching a Call Request System! See the form below to schedule a call from one of our trained LGBTQIA-affirming peer counselors.
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SQSH stands in solidarity against systemic violence against the Black community. We train our Helpline volunteers in protest-specific peer counseling skills and encourage you to support the following St. Louis organizations doing movement work for Black lives.
We offer a free, confidential, identity-affirming, and volunteer-run helpline serving the St. Louis region. Our trained peer counselors provide compassionate support to any LGBTQIA+ community members, allies, and service providers.
Our mission is to serve and strengthen the St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community—by providing an empathetic listening ear, by connecting callers safely and reliably to LGBTQIA-affirming resources, and by increasing the visibility of LGBTQIA+ concerns, needs, and resources in the St. Louis region.
The SQSH community is made up of a dedicated group of volunteers. As members of the queer community ourselves, we understand the isolation, stigmatization, and fear that can arise from lack of acceptance by our societies.