What is the GLBT Help Line? Is it a Hotline?:
A helpline is pretty much the same as a hotline. The only difference is that a helpline is dedicated to offering support to people in need.
In this case, the GLBT National Help Center is a gay hotline that provides help and resources for GLBT and questioning individuals who need someone to talk to. The main way it does this is through two phone "talklines," one for teens and one for adults.
Why a Helpline?:
Many people in the GLBT community face challenges but have no one to talk to about these issues. Young people in particular often feel alone and unable to confide in those around them.
There are a lot of different ways for GLBT teens to get help, but actually talking to someone on the phone can make a real difference. One of the best things about a telephone hotline is that help can be instant. Unlike some online services you don't need to wait to get an answer to an email.
The GLBT National Help Center explains, "We offer several different programs including two national hotlines that help members of our community talk about the important issues that they are facing in their lives. We help end the isolation that many people feel, by providing a safe environment on the phone or via the internet to discuss issues that people can’t talk about anywhere else."
How to Get in Touch With the Youth Talkline:
To reach the Youth Helpline call the hotline number toll-free 1-800-246-PRIDE. The helpline is Monday through Friday from 5pm to 9pm, Pacific Time.
The line is open to youth up to 25 and it is staffed by volunteers 18 to 25 years-old.