The last few years have been difficult for us all, some more than others, which is why we need to keep an eye on our friends, family and colleagues.

If you're in distress or despair, talk to a friend, family member, or someone you trust. There are people around you that WILL help. However, if you'd rather take the first step on the road to recovery in confidence we have put together the contact of some of the best local organisations that are here to help you.

Here NI

Whether you want to connect with other lesbian and bisexual women in your area, find out about your rights, learn new skills or get involved as a volunteer, just get in touch or drop into their office in Belfast city centre. You can also explore their website to find out more about the services they offer and you’ll find lots of useful resources to help with any question you might have.

T: 028 9024 9452 | W:

Rainbow Project

The Rainbow Project was founded in 1994 in response to the HIV/AIDS crisis in Northern Ireland. Since their beginnings they have developed in an LGBT organisation with the aim of promoting the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Northern Ireland.

They've two offices, one in Belfast and one in L’Derry, operating a range of services and support including counselling services, rapid HIV and Syphilis testing, outreach GUM clinics, befriending, listening ear support, advocacy and much more.

T: 028 9031 9030 | W:


Cara-Friend was established in 1974 as a voluntary counselling, befriending, information, and social space organisation for the LGBTQ community.

Cara-Friend operates a number of service delivery streams such as LGBT Switchboard NI, Cara-Friend LGBTQ Youth groups regionally across N. Ireland, Awareness Training for professionals, Education Training for school staff and pupils, and lobbying & advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community with government and other agencies.

Cara-Friend provides a wide range of volunteering opportunities for the LGBTQ community.

T: 028 9089 0202 | W:


Lifeline is the Northern Ireland crisis response helpline service for people who are experiencing distress or despair. No matter what your age or where you live in Northern Ireland, if you are or someone you know is in distress or despair, Lifeline is here to help.

T: 0800 808 8000 | W:

Positive Life

Positive Life exists to promote a positive future for people living with or affected by HIV in Northern Ireland.
HIV is a virus which damages the human immune system and increases the risk of opportunistic infections and certain cancers. Over the last decade, Northern Ireland has experienced the fastest growing rates of HIV diagnoses in the UK.
They are the only charity in Northern Ireland dedicated to working for people living with or affected by HIV.

Transgender NI

Transgender NI are a human rights and community organisation for trans and gender diverse people in Northern Ireland. Based at their groundbreaking community centre, the Belfast Trans Resource Centre, they work tirelessly to protect and promote the rights and services that our community need.

Common Youth

Common Youth (formerly Brook NI) offers a safe, knowledgeable and accepting environment for young people to talk about their sexual health

Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline

For anyone experiencing domestic or sexual violence and abuse they are here free and confidentially 24/7.
The Domestic and Sexual Abuse Helpline provides information and support to those affected by Domestic and Sexual Abuse across Northern Ireland.

0808 802 1414 /

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