Here are a few tips from Denise Haggerty, our mental health clinical supervisor, to help you through the holiday season. 

  1. Make a self-care plan.

My favorite is making a self-care plan that includes escape plans to create space for yourself. If you have to be with a family that is not supportive, have some phone numbers of who you can call to feel connected.”

  1. Get moving around.

“Get some movement to regulate your nervous system (walk, jumping jacks, dancing) and set boundaries to keep yourself safe.”

  1. Treat yourself.

“Finally, plan a post holiday gift for yourself that is based on your interests/wellness. No matter what the holidays bring, know that you matter and who you are is beautiful.”

If you’re in crisis, here are some mental health hotlines for the LGBTQ+ community.

  • 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline: For immediate support, dial 988, reach out to the Crisis Text Line by texting NAMI to 741-741, or visit
  • Trans Lifeline: For peer support by transgender people for those who are trans or questioning, call 877-565-8860. Trans Lifeline's Hotline is there to offer understanding and assistance.