Resources – Health

Access Alliance Multicultural Health and Community Services - Toronto

Whether you are a service provider and/or an LGBTQ+ newcomer, it’s important to know that there are many resources out in the community to support you. Among Friends volunteers have compiled a list of resources below. We hope you’ll find them useful.

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Drug and Alcohol Addiction in the LGBTQ Community
As much as 30% of the LGBTQ demographic abuse substances, compared to 9% in the heterosexual population.

In most cases, drugs and alcohol are a way for a person to deal with problems in their lives. The fact is – many people within the LGBTQ have to deal with way more problems than the average person. They for one can experience higher levels of stress, social stigmas, and discrimination. Therefore, this leads to much higher substance abuse rates compared to heterosexual people.

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ubstance use disorders have a greater effect on LGBTQ+ people than on the heterosexual population. The LGBTQ+ community must overcome several obstacles, including being denied substance abuse treatment because of their sexual identity. However, through the proper understanding and accommodation of LGBTQ+ care principles, substance abuse treatment can be successful.

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Family Services Ottawa - LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow

LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow is a community-based program  which provides a full range of education, counselling and support services offered by Family Services Ottawa.  We support the  lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTTQ+) communities and allies.

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Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario works to improve the health and well being of LGBTQ people in Ontario, and to increase access to competent and LGBTQ friendly health care services across the province. We do this by providing education and training to providers, advocating for public policy change, sharing information and consulting with service providers and organizations. 

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Réseau ACCESS Network (Sudbury)

Réseau ACCESS Network is a non-profit, community-based charitable organization, committed to promoting wellness, harm and risk reduction and education.  Réseau ACCESS Network supports individuals – and serves the whole community – in a comprehensive / holistic approach to HIV/AIDS, Hep C and related health issues.

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Recall Report (US)

Information about human health is important for making people aware of how to stay well, how to recognize signs of illness, and how best to get care and make informed decisions about treatment. Information is power, and although it may be unsettling to read about all the possible health conditions people can suffer from, it also allows for proactive steps that can prevent and treat illness.

Some people are more susceptible to certain health conditions because of gender, age, genetics, lifestyle habits, and other factors. All people are vulnerable to complications and side effects that can arise from prescription medications and medical devices used to treat these conditions. Know what health conditions you may be vulnerable to and you can take steps to prevent them and avoid the need to use treatments and drugs that may cause harm.

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Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) serves the counties of Perth, Huron, Elgin, Lambton, Middlesex, and Oxford.

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC) serves the counties of Perth, Huron, Elgin, Lambton, Middlesex, and Oxford. We are community-inspired and dedicated to positively impacting the lives of individuals and diverse communities living with, at-risk for or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C (HCV). 

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You’ve wanted a better life for a long time now. You’ve felt powerless to change but there seems to be a small sense of hope. Call one of our understanding and compassionate advisers right now. We understand what you are going through.

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The Recovery Village (US)

Anyone can fall victim to drug and alcohol addiction, but some groups are more at risk than others. One such group is the LGBTQ+ community, primarily due to the various mental health disorders that develop as a result of rejection, abuse, discrimination, and ostracism from society or even their own homes. Many of these individuals struggle with a variety of substances at a higher rate than the heterosexual community. The good news is that there are resources available to help.

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